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At the time of his inauguration, all of the former presidents, with the exception of George Washington, were alive.
He served in the House of Representatives for 17 years and remains the only president to hold office in the House after his presidential term expired.
He is the first of two presidents whose father was also president; George W. Bush is the second.
During his House tenure, he was an opponent of slavery. By the time he died, he was known as a champion of freedom of speech.


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John Quincy Adams
(July 11, 1767 - February 23, 1848)

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First Lady: Louisa Catherine Adams, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Louisa Catherine Johnson
Number of Children: 4
Education Level: College
School Attended: Harvard University
Religion: Unitarian
Profession: Lawyer

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1825 - 3/3/1829
Presidency Number: 6
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Defeated
Party: Democratic-Republican
His Vice President(s): John Calhoun
Cabinet Service: Secretary of State (James Monroe, 1817-1825)
Senator: Massachusetts (1803-1808)
House of Representatives: Massachusetts (1831-1848)
State Legislative Service: MA (1802-1802)
Other Offices: Minister to the Netherlands; Minister to Prussia; Minister to Russia; Minister to Great Britain
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Presidential Places

Birthplace: 141 Franklin Street
Gravesite: United First Parish Church
Museum: Massachusetts Historical Society (Adams papers)

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Massachusetts Historical Society - Boston, MA, 617-536-4042
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Programming includes:

John Quincy Adams Life Portrait: From the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) - Boston, MA
 Guests included: Lynn Hudson Parsons, author, John Quincy Adams, and professor, SUNY-Brockport; William Fowler, director, Massachusetts Historical Society; Celeste Walker, associate editor, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society Watch | Order Videotape
John Q. Adams biographical vignette Watch

Don Ritchie on John Q. Adams' congressional career Watch

Pamela Henson on John Q. Adams and the Smithsonian Institution Watch
Paul Nagel, author, John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life Watch

John Stanwich on John Adams and John Q. Adams birthplace Watch

  Richard Norton Smith on John Q. Adams and James Monroe Watch  

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