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John Quincy Adams
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Mr. Adams
Political party: Federalist (1792–1808)

Democratic-Republican (1808–1830) National Republican (1830–1834) Anti-Masonic (1834–1838) [1] Whig (1838–1848)

Education: Harvard University
Religion Unitarianism
Born July 11, 1767
Died February 23, 1848 (aged 80)

John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States of America and son of former President John Adams.

From 1789 to 1820, it was to easy to pick who'd be President when the country had the Revolutionary generation. Everyone knew the line of succession. But by 1824 that generation was dying out. So Adams decided to follow in his father's footsteps and run for President, against war hero Senator Andrew Jackson.

Like future sons-of-presidents-who-became-president, JQA lost the popular vote, with only 30 percent. Like his father he would only have one term, being defeated by the Andrew Jackson in 1828, who actually beat him the first time. He is one of two Presidents to return to politics after leaving office, in his case the House of Representatives (the other being Andrew Johnson).

His election in 1824 was the result of a Corrupt bargain between him and his future Secretary of State Henry Clay.

He had a habit of skinny dipping in the Potomac River while President... for some ungodly reason.[2]

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Reduced the National Debt from $16 Million to $5 Million
  • Was the first President to denounce slavery.
  • Spoke French, Italian, Russian, German and Latin.
  • Purchased Florida from Spain.

Cons

  • Although he was a very moral-driven man with good intentions, he was not very effective at getting his reforms implemented, and was often thwarted by Congress.
  • Technically lost the election to Andrew Jackson, but was chosen by the House of Representative, which isn't very democratic.
  • Like his father, he was known for his raging outbursts.

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