John Quincy Adams
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John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

President John Quincy (John Quincy) Adams
Born in Braintree, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Jul 1797 in London, Englandmap
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Died at age 80 in Speaker's Room, Congress, Washington, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
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Preceded by
5th President
James Monroe

Preceded by
7th Secretary
James Monroe

Preceded by
Jonathan Mason
John Quincy Adams
6th President
of the United States
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8th United States
Secretary of State
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US Senator (Class 1)
from Massachusetts
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Succeeded by
7th President
Andrew Jackson

Succeeded by
9th Secretary
Henry Clay

Succeeded by
James Lloyd



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John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as a diplomat, minister and ambassador to foreign nations, treaty negotiator, United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative (Congressman) from Massachusetts, and the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829. [1]

John Quincy Adams was born on 11 Jul 1767 in Braintree (Quincy), Norfolk, Massachusetts, the first son of father John Adams, the second president of the United States. and mother Abigail Smith. [2]

He spent most of his youth accompanying his father overseas on diplomatic missions to France and the Netherlands. For nearly three years, beginning at the age of 14, he served as a secretary to Francis Dana on a mission to Saint Petersburg, Russia, [3]

On 26 July 1797 he married in London, England to Louisa Catherine (Johnson), the daughter of a poor American merchant. They had 4 children: three sons and a daughter. Their daughter, Louisa, was born in 1811 but died in 1812 while the family was in Russia. [4] Their sons, George Washington Adams(1801-) and John Adams (1803-) led troubled lives and died in young adulthood. The youngest, Charles Francis Adams, (who named his own son John Quincy), pursued a long career in diplomacy and politics. In 1870 Charles Francis built the first presidential library in the United States, to honor his father. The library is located in the "Old House" at Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts. [5]

John Quincy Adams was elected president in a close and controversial four-way contest in 1824. After leaving office In Mar 1829, he was elected as U.S. Representative from Massachusetts in 1830, serving for the last 17 years of his life with greater acclaim than he had achieved as president. He was one of only 2 presidents to serve in Congress after his term of office, He was elected to 9 terms, serving as a Representative from Massachusetts for 17 years, from 1831 until his death. [6]

Like his father John Quincy, as a lawyer, defended the principle of individual rights, however unpopular. In 1840 Abolitionists hired Adams, who some referred to as “Old Man Eloquent,” to argue for the Amistad Africans’ freedom in the Supreme Court who ruled in favor of the Africans after hearing Adams's skilful arguments.[7]

He died on 23 Feb 1848 in Washington, D.C. after collapsing on the Floor of the House. [8] [9]

In His Words

"The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made 'bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God' (Isaiah 52:10)." --Life of John Quincy Adams", W. H. Seward, editor (Auburn, NY: Derby, Miller & Company, 1849), p. 248


  1. Wikipedia
  2. Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1600-1889, v1, p24 (online at, etc.)
  3. Nagel, Paul C. John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life.
  4. "Louisa Adams Biography #️⃣ National First Ladies' Library".
  5. Wikipedia Profile for John Quincy Adams, Personal Life.
  8. Portrait & Bio. Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa (1887)
  9. National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line] Operations Inc, 2006.

See also:

  • Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Alternate source: Roll: 176; Page: 171; Image: 926; Family History Library Film: 0014674.
  • Books:
  • Unger, Harlow Giles, John Quincy Adams, De Capo Press, 2012
  • Bemis, Samuel Flagg, John Quincy Adams and the Union. Easton Press,1987.
  • Bemis, Samuel Flagg, John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy. Greenwood-Heinemann Publishing, 1981.
  • A gazeteer of the state of Massachusetts: with numerous illustrations on wood and steel
  • A geography of Massachusetts, for families and schools
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #7

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I've uploaded photos I took of the Adams birthplaces to
posted by Anonymous Reed
Adams-11306 and Adams-12 do not represent the same person because: Over a century apart
posted by Ellen Smith
Adams-4573 and Adams-12 do not represent the same person because: over a century apart
posted by Ellen Smith
Adams-537 and Adams-12 do not represent the same person because: Several centuries apart
posted by Ellen Smith
Adams-17446 and Adams-12 do not represent the same person because: No chance of confusing a living person with a man who died in 1848.
posted by Ellen Smith
Adams-12366 and Adams-12 do not represent the same person because: No chance of anyone confusing these men.
posted by Ellen Smith
Adams-54817 and Adams-12 do not represent the same person because: different wives and places
posted by Robin Lee
minister to Prussia and married Louisa Catherine Johnson.

Much more info is listed in:

Unger, Harlow Giles, John Quincy Adams, De Capo Press, 2012

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
In 1775 he was Battle fo Bunker's Hill from the hillside near his home which was across Boston Bay. He sailed for France with his father in 1778 when Sr was trying to get financial aid for the Revolution.He attended school in Paris from 1779-1781. (then called University of Leyden). Worked in St Petersburg for American Minister Francis Dana at the russian Court as a secretary. Resumed studies in 1783 in Paris. He went to Harvard and earned a degree between 1785-1787. He then studied law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar by 1790. He practiced law in Boston and published articles defending Washington's Policies until 1793.In 1794 he was appointed U.S. Minister to Holland by George Washington. 1797 he was appointed ...
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Adams-34664 and Adams-12 appear to represent the same person because: both intended to be The President
posted by Marj Adams
I am trying to find a link from my family tree to John Quincy Adams. I have only a small amount of info from my Mothers notes. My great Grandmother Fanny ( Fannie, possibly Francis) Haney born Adams is the 6th generation descendant from John Quincy Adams and a cousin to Samuel Adams. Her estimated Dob 1888 according to Kentucky 1920 Census and my mother's notes and her death is 1947 listed in Family Bible. Thank you
posted by T Daniels
Wow. After I had found that on my mother's side we were descended from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, I had found a list of famous descendants of the Mayflower. It's amazing that we're not only related to one, but two presidents.
posted by Brandon Masterson