Adams also served in the Upper House of Congress, elected to the Senate in 1802. The majority of his other public service came as Minister or Ambassador (the Netherlands, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, the Court of St. James).
J. Q. Adams' election was made possible by the House of Representatives as none of the four candidates in 1824 received a majority of the electoral votes. Henry Clay, a candidate himself, like Adams and his policies and threw his support to him, ensuring his election. Adams "rewarded" Clay with the plum position of Secretary of State (see where this is going? - but alas, Clay would be denied yet again). The man that lost to Adams was Andrew Jackson, not someone that you wanted on your bad side. He vowed to beat Adams in 1828, which he did.
- born July 11, 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts (now Quincy)
- died February 23, 1848 in Washington, DC
- Adams is one of three presidents who did not attend the inauguration of his successor. The other two are his father and Andrew Johnson.
- Charles Francis Adams, John Quincy's son erected the first "presidential library," on the grounds of the family homestead in Massachusetts.
- Adams was the first Senator profiled in John F. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage
- Adams was the first president to have been married abroad. He married his wife Louisa in London.
- The White House Biography
- Biography from the Congressional Biographical Dictionary
- Biography from Internet Public Library
- Biography from the Miller Center
- Biography from C-SPAN
- Link to location of J. Q. Adams papers
- Adams National Historical Park (nope, still haven't been there)
- Something that might be of interest. J. Q. Adams' last words are reportedly: "This is the last of earth. I am content."
- Washington: "Tis Well"
- John Adams: "Thomas Jefferson survives"
- Jefferson: "Is it the Fourth?" (disputed)
- James Madison: "Nothing more than a change of mind, my dear."
- James Monroe: unknown