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John Quincy Adams Biography and Facts For Kids


John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of theUnited States. The son of John Adams (former president) and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams graduated from Harvard College in 1787. He spent almost his entire adult life in public service and politics, beginning at age fourteen as the secretary to the U.S. minister to Russia, Francis Dana. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. As president, he proposed a program of modernization and educational advancement, but was stymied by Congress, controlled by his enemies. Adams lost his 1828 bid for re-election to Andrew Jackson.

Fun Facts and Trivia About John Quincy Adams

When was John Quincy Adams Born: July 11, 1767
Where was John Quincy Adams born: Braintree, MA
Where did John Quincy Adams go to college: Harvard
What was John Quincy Adams occupation: Lawyer
Who was John Quincy Adams married to: Louisa Catherine (Johnson) Adams
What number president was John Quincy Adams: 6th
Who was John Quincy Adams vice president: John C. Calhoun
When was John Quincy Adams president: 1825-1829
How many terms did John Quincy Adams serve: 1, he lost his next race to Andrew Jackson
When did John Quincy Adams die: February 23, 1848
How old was John Quincy Adams when he died: 80
Where is John Quincy Adams buried: Quincy, MA

John Quincy Adams Quotes

  • “The declaration that our People are hostile to a government made by themselves, for themselves, and conducted by themselves, is an insult. “
  • “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore. “
  • “This hand, to tyrants ever sworn the foe, For freedom only deals the deadly blow; Then sheathes in calm repose the vengeful blade, For gentle peace in freedom’s hallowed shade. “
  • “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. “
  • “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. “
  • “All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse. “

Timeline of the Life of President John Quincy Adams

1767 Born in Braintree, Massachusetts on July 11th
1794 Became minister to The Netherlands
1797 Married Louisa Catherine Johnson
1803 Elected to the United States Senate
1809 Appointed as minister to Russia
1814 Helped negotiate peace with Great Britain
1815 Became minister to Great Britain
1817 Appointed Secretary of State
1825 The House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams as the 6th President of the United States
1825 The Erie Canal was completed
1826 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die.
1830 Elected to the House of Representatives
1848 Died on February 23rd in Washington, DC