John Quincy Adams
(1767 - 1848 )
Who was John Q. Adams ?
John Quincy Adams, the only President who was also the son of a President, was similar in many ways to his father. He was born in Braintree Massachusetts, and educated a Harvard College to become a lawyer. Before becoming President, he served as Minister to the Netherlands, in the Berlin Legation, the U.S. Senate, and then Minister to Russia under President Madison, and finally Secretary of State under President Monroe.
J. Q. Adams' election was one of turmoil. The Republican party was under tension, and a number of candidates were introduced. After the voting, no candidate had a majority of electoral votes, thus moving the election into the House of Representatives. Adams was elected after Henry Clay gave his support. Henry Clay became Secretary of State after Adams took office.
After his Presidency, Adams was elected to the House of Representatives. One day, he collapsed on the floor of the House, and died two days later in the Speaker's Room.
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