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John Quincy Adams

6th President of the United States of America


I, John Quincy Adams, born on July 11, 1767, in Braintree, Massachusetts, the city now known as Quincy, served as President of the United States of America from 1825 to 1829. My father, John Adams, and then I both served as U.S. Presidents. It took 175 years for this to happen again, when George W. Bush, son of George Bush, became the 43rd President of the United States of America in 2001.

During my life, I held many jobs and accomplished many things. First, I attended Harvard College, in 1788, and then became a lawyer, finding time to write newspaper articles about the U.S. government. President George Washington read many of these articles and appointed me Minister to the Netherlands, in 1794. After that I served briefly as a State Senator of Massachusetts and then, in 1809, the President appointed me Minister to Prussia. In 1815, I served as Minister to Great Britain. Finally, in 1824, I took the oath of office as the 6th President of the United States of America. I served this country in many capacities, before I became President.

My family includes two younger brothers, Charles and Thomas Adams, my mother, Abigail Adams, and my father, John Adams, the 2nd U.S. President. While serving my country in Holland, I met Louisa Catherine Johnson. We married on July 26, 1797, and raised three boys, George Washington Adams, John Quincy Jr., Charles Francis, and one girl, Louisa Catherine, together.

Some of the many interesting facts about me include: Appointment to Secretary of State under James Monroe's Presidency, in 1817. One warm morning, I went swimming in the Potomac River, and a female reporter sat on my clothes and refused to move until I gave her an interview. In my free time, I wrote many poems, becoming the only U.S. President with published poems. I lived long enough to see the invention of the camera and became the first President of whom a photograph exists.

Things people remember a President for can declare if they ran an effective presidency or not. I know I fought towards a historic defense of free speech and the right of petition. Most importantly, I continued the fight to abolish slavery and contributed greatly to the welfare of the United States of America. These are just a few of the items that I consider as the defining moments of my presidency.

As my term in office ended, my popularity as a President declined. I became popular again when elected to the United States House of Representatives, in 1830. This makes me the only former U.S. President who has been elected to another political office after their presidential term expired. In 1839, I proposed a constitutional amendment forbidding slavery in any



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