People Who Kick Buts: John Quincy Adams
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- Born on July 11, 1767 and passed away on February 23, 1848.
- He served as an American diplomat, Senator, and Congressional representative.
- Adams was the son of former President John Adams and Abigail Adams.
- As Secretary of State, he negotiated with the United Kingdom over America’s northern border with Canada, negotiated with Spain the annexation of Florida, and authored the Monroe Doctrine. Historians agree he was one of the greatest diplomats and secretaries of state in American history.
- As president, he sought to modernize the American economy and promoted education.
- Adams is best known as a diplomat who shaped America’s foreign policy in line with his ardently nationalist commitment to America’s republican values.
- John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767 to John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams (née Smith) in Braintree, Massachusetts, what is now Quincy, Massachusetts. John Quincy Adams Birthplace is now part of Adams National Historical Park and open to the public.
- Much of Adams’ youth was spent accompanying his father overseas. John Adams served as an American envoy to France from 1778 until 1779 and to the Netherlands from 1780 until 1782, and the younger Adams accompanied his father on these journeys.
- Adams acquired an education at institutions such as Leiden University. For nearly three years, at the age of 14, he accompanied Francis Dana as a secretary on a mission to Saint Petersburg, Russia, to obtain recognition of the new United States.
- He entered Harvard College and was graduated in 1787 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa. Adams House at Harvard College is named in honor of Adams and his father.