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John Quincy Adams
Statesman, 6th President, Congressman


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Born in Quincy, Mass, he was raised and educated by his distinguished father, John Adams, and his gifted mother, Abigail. Trained in languages and well travelled, he rose through the diplomatic ranks serving as ambassador in the Hague, Berlin, as the first ambassador to Russia, and as ambassador to England before becoming US Secretary of State in 1817 serving through the entirety of both Monroe terms.

Chosen president by the House of Representatives after a single party election failed to produce a constitutional majority. His policies emphasized creating national infrastructures (national bank, transportation systems, and tariffs) to encourage prosperity under the country's still new freedoms. The Quincy Adams administration was strongly opposed by political opponents and pro-slavery advocates, and lasted a single term.

Unexpectedly, in 1830, Massachusetts' Plymouth district elected him to the House of Representatives, and there for the remainder of his life he served as a powerful leader and civil right advocate. He argued the famous Amistad case before the US Supreme Court in 1841. In 1848, he collapsed on the floor of the US House from a stroke, and died several days later.

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