John Quincy Adams:
A Presidential Unit

John Quincy Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts on July 11, 1767 and was the son of the second president of the United States, John Adams.

Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Years Served: 1825 - 1829
Vice President(s): John C. Calhoun
Name of his parents: John Adams and Abigail Smith
Wife’s name: Louisa Catherine Johnson
Yearly Salary as President: $25,000.00
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 7 inches
State of Birth: Massachusetts


“John Quincy Adams was a precocious child. He attended private schools in America and abroad when he traveled with his diplomat-father. He graduated from Harvard, became a lawyer, and wrote about politics. He served as a diplomat in Europe for three US Presidents. Through his childhood associations he became a linguist and well informed on many subjects. He was a capable secretary of state under US President Monroe. In fact, Adams was responsible for many of Monroe’s foreign accomplishments. He held several elected offices, but his independent actions separated him from his party. He barely won the presidency. The House of Representatives elected him because he did not have a plurality. He lost his bid for a second term, but he became a representative in Congress where he argued strongly for what he believed, no matter how controversial. In fact, he had a stroke debating an issue and died two days later.”

On Line Lesson Plans:

John Quincy Adams from DiscoverySchool.com
Presidential Thinkquest
Adams in Defense of the Amistad Africans
The Education of John Quincy Adams


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie’s Page
John Quincy Adams from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

Biography of John Quincy Adams
On line library - John Quincy Adams
Christian Presidents: John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams from Google
American Presidents’ Life Portraits
The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents


Trivia Questions:

1. What were some of the other government positions that John Quincy Adams held? (Answer: Secretary to U.S. Minister to Russia, 1781; Minister to the Netherlands, 1794; Minister to Prussia, 1797-1801; United States Senator, 1803-08; Minister to Russia, 1809-11; Peace Commissioner at Treaty of Ghent, 1814; Secretary of State, 1817-25 [under Monroe]; Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1831-48)

2. What are the names of John Quincy Adams’ children? (Answer: George Washington Adams, John Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and Louisa Adams).

Of Note:

President Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. Anne Royall, the first American professional journalist, knew of Adams' 5 A.M. swims. After being refused interviews with the president time after time, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a president.

Adams was the first to be elected president without receiving either the most popular votes or the most votes of the electoral college.

He was the first president married abroad.

Adams was the first president to be photographed.

Adams is the only president to be elected to the House after his presidency.


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