10 Interesting Facts about John Quincy Adams

One of these following facts about John Quincy Adams is going to make you more admired of him. As you know, John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States and served as American diplomat, Senator and Congressional representative. As a son of former President John Adams and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams was also a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Rebulican, National Republican and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. To get to know more about him, below are the other facts about John Quincy Adams to you may be interested in.

Facts about John Quincy Adams 1: Early Life

He personally witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill with his mother. He moved to Europe at the age of 10 and was educated in Paris and Amsterdam. He became a secretary to Francis Dana and travelled to Russia. Then spent five months travelling through Europe on his own before returning to America at age of 17. He went on to graduate second in class at Harvard University before studying law.

Facts about John Quincy Adams 2: Marriage

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams was the daughter of an American merchant and an Englishwoman. She grew up in London and France. Sadly their marriage was marked by unhappiness.

Facts about John Quincy Adams - John Quincy Adams

Facts about John Quincy Adams – John Quincy Adams

Facts about John Quincy Adams 3: Ultimate Diplomat

John Quincy Adams was made a diplomat to the Netherlands in 1794 by President George Washington. He would serve as a minister to a number of European countries from 1794-1801 and from 1809-1817. President James Madison made him minister to Russia where he witnessed Napoleon’s failed attempts to invade Russia. He was further named minister to Great Britain after War of 1812. Interestingly, despite being a famed diplomat, Adams did not bring the same skills to his time in Congress where he served from 1802-1808.

Facts about John Quincy Adams 4: Negotiator of Peace

President Madison named Adams the chief negotiator for peace between America and Great Britain at the end of the War of 1812. His efforts resulted in the Treaty of Ghent.

Facts about John Quincy Adams - Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

Facts about John Quincy Adams – Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

Facts about John Quincy Adams 5: Influential Secretary of State

In 1817, John Quincy Adams was named the Secretary of State under James Monroe. He brought his diplomatic skills to bear while establishing fishing rights with Canada, formalizing the western US-Canada border, and negotiating the Adams-Onis Treaty that gave Florida to the United States. Further, he helped the president craft the Monroe Doctrine, insisting that it not be issued in conjunction with Great Britain.

Facts about John Quincy Adams 6: Corrupt Bargain

John Quincy Adam’s victory in the Election of 1824 was known as the ‘Corrupt Bargain’. With no electoral majority, the election was decided in the US House of Representatives. The belief is that Henry Clay negotiated that if he gave the presidency to Adams, Clay would be named Secretary of State.

Facts about John Quincy Adams - John Quincy Adams Family

Facts about John Quincy Adams – John Quincy Adams Family

Facts about John Quincy Adams 7: Do-Nothing President

Adams had a difficult time pushing forth an agenda as president. He acknowledged the lack of public support for his presidency in his inaugural address. While he asked for a number of key internal improvements, very few were passed and he did not accomplish much during his time in office.

Facts about John Quincy Adams 8: Tariff of Abominations

In 1828, a tariff was passed that its opponents called the the Tariff of Abominations. It placed a high tax on imported manufactured goals as a way to protect American industry. However, many in the south opposed the tariff as it would result in less cotton being demanded by the British to make finished cloth.

Facts about John Quincy Adams - Grave

Facts about John Quincy Adams – Grave

Facts about John Quincy Adams 9: President to Serve in Congress After the Presidency

Despite losing the presidency in 1828, Adams was elected to represent his district in the US House of Representatives. He served in the House for 17 years before collapsing on the floor of the House and dying two days later in the Speaker of the House’s private chambers.

Facts about John Quincy Adams 10: Admisted Case

Adams was a key part of the Part of the defense team for slave mutineers on the Spanish ship Amistad. Forty-nine Africans seized the ship in 1839 off the coast of Cuba. They ended up in America with the Spanish demanding their return to Cuba for trial.

Facts about John Quincy Adams - Parents' Grave

Facts about John Quincy Adams – Parents’ Grave

Those following facts about John Quincy Adams might make you feel more amazed about the his life. His life is really interesting. And also, since he took great responsibility to the whole America (let’s say), he was really kind to people, yet really caring to each other. Hope you found John Quincy Adams facts really interesting and useful.

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