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->''"I am a man of reserved, cold, austere and forbidding manners. My political adversaries say a gloomy misanthrope, my personal enemies, an unsocial savage."''\\
--'''[[SelfDeprecation Adams' opinion on himself]]''', long before he became president.

'''John Quincy Adams''' (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]]. A Democratic-Republican, he served between UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe and UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson. He was the first son of [[JohnAdams a former President]] to enter the White House, and only GeorgeWBush has done so since.

Before becoming president, Adams served as a prominent statesman, having gained experience when he went with his father to Europe during the Revolutionary War. He served as a respected ambassador to several countries in Europe, and later helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, Adams authored most of the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen and diplomats in American history. Adams was also a professor at Harvard for some time.

After Monroe's second term election, Adams was one of four men to run for the presidency in 1824. AndrewJackson was one of the other four, and he won a plurality of both the popular vote and the Electoral College, but not enough to win the election. As the Constitution dictates, the decision then went to the House of Representatives. Speaker of the House HenryClay, who was the fourth-placed nominee and Jackson's sworn nemesis, swung the election in Adams' favor by convincing enough representatives to vote for him. Upon entering office, a gracious Adams nominated Clay to be his Secretary of State. The Jacksonians in Congress were outraged, and for the next four years they complained of the "Corrupt Bargain" which stole the election, but neither Adams nor Clay were corrupt. Clay believed that Jackson was unfit for the presidency, and the third-placed nominee, William Crawford, has just suffered a severe stroke. Adams also made a good choice when he nominated Clay, since he was one of the most qualified politicians in the country. Still, this did start things on the wrong foot, and it proved that, like his father before him, Adams was often oblivious to how politics work in practice. Jackson vowed to do whatever it took to win the presidency in 1828.

Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered the White House, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries, national parks, federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portraying Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.

He was one of the most active ex-Presidents, though, and probably did more than he did while he was in the White House. After leaving office, Adams ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives from a Massachusetts district. There, he was much more successful and popular, earning the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his speeches against slavery and the MexicanAmericanWar. Even in his old age, he was a great lawyer and a shrewd negotiator, his most famous case being when he successfully argued at the US Supreme Court that the ''{{Amistad}}'' Africans were illegally enslaved and had every right to fight for their freedom. One of the most vocal opponents in slavery in America, Adams correctly predicted that slavery would eventually cause [[TheAmericanCivilWar the Southern states to secede and start a bloody war between the two halves of the nation]] and that, during this war, [[AbrahamLincoln the president would use his war powers to abolish slavery]]. On the other hand, he was fairly racist in private, as evinced by several comments he made about the MalignedMixedMarriage in Theatre/{{Othello}}: "a runaway match with a blackamoor!" He had a heart attack on the House floor during a passionate debate, and he died a few days later.

He was an BunnyEarsLawyer, and is rivalled only by LyndonBJohnson when it comes to the title of "Weirdest American President". Allegedly enjoyed skinny-dipping in the Potomac in the early morning during his presidency and pimped for the Russian Czar (at least that's what the Jacksonians believe). He was also [[{{Gonk}} ugly as sin]] and is considered [[MoreInformationThanYouRequire the scariest-looking president ever]]. [[Website/{{Cracked}} He funded an expedition to go to the North Pole and find a hole leading to the center of the Earth and contact the Mole People, and kept a pet alligator in the East Wing of the White House. That alligator probably came in handy for some of that shrewd negotiating we mentioned earlier.]] He was also the earliest president to be photographed, albeit not until several years after he left office. WilliamHenryHarrison would be the first president to be photographed while in office.
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!!John Quincy Adams provides examples of:
* ArchEnemy: Understandably not too fond of Jackson.
* BadassBookworm
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Did you read the part about the alligators and the Mole People? He also liked making love outside in zero degree weather.
* ButNotTooForeign: Adams' wife Louisa was born in London to an English mother and an American father, and grew up in England and France. Although technically an American citizen from birth, she did not set foot in the United States for the first time until she was 25, which led to some nativist suspicion about her true loyalties; even John Quincy Adams' [[JohnAdams parents]] had reservations until they finally met her. John Quincy and Louisa tried to counter this issue politically by emphasizing the American side of her family as much as possible (her uncle served in the Continental Congress and was the first Governor of Maryland) and downplaying her European connections.
* GallowsHumor: He had a pet alligator which he often placed in different White House bathrooms to prank his guests.
* MagnumOpus: The Monroe Doctrine.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RedBaron: The Abolitionist.
* ValuesDissonance: He said some rather unpleasant things about Desdemona from Shakespeare's ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'' because of her "runaway match with a blackamoor".

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!!John Quincy Adams in fiction:
* In an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
-->'''Mary''': You and your family... I know you mean well, but sometimes it's like being around ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.\\
'''Dick''': Well, I admit UsefulNotes/JohnAdams' views of a strong central government may have been ahead of their time.\\
'''Mary''': That's ''not'' who I meant!\\
'''Dick''': John ''Quincy'' Adams? You're comparing me to that freak show!
* Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an AcademyAward nomination for his portrayal of him in ''{{Film/Amistad}}''.
* A secondary character in the HBO's miniseries about his father ''Series/JohnAdams''. The show watches John Quincy from a young, bookish little boy all the way to ascending to the presidency.

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->''"I am a man of reserved, cold, austere and forbidding manners. My political adversaries say a gloomy misanthrope, my personal enemies, an unsocial savage."''\\
--'''[[SelfDeprecation Adams' opinion on himself]]''', long before he became president.

'''John Quincy Adams''' (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]]. A Democratic-Republican, he served between UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe and UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson. He was the first son of [[JohnAdams a former President]] to enter the White House, and only GeorgeWBush has done so since.

Before becoming president, Adams served as a prominent statesman, having gained experience when he went with his father to Europe during the Revolutionary War. He served as a respected ambassador to several countries in Europe, and later helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, Adams authored most of the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen and diplomats in American history. Adams was also a professor at Harvard for some time.

After Monroe's second term election, Adams was one of four men to run for the presidency in 1824. AndrewJackson was one of the other four, and he won a plurality of both the popular vote and the Electoral College, but not enough to win the election. As the Constitution dictates, the decision then went to the House of Representatives. Speaker of the House HenryClay, who was the fourth-placed nominee and Jackson's sworn nemesis, swung the election in Adams' favor by convincing enough representatives to vote for him. Upon entering office, a gracious Adams nominated Clay to be his Secretary of State. The Jacksonians in Congress were outraged, and for the next four years they complained of the "Corrupt Bargain" which stole the election, but neither Adams nor Clay were corrupt. Clay believed that Jackson was unfit for the presidency, and the third-placed nominee, William Crawford, has just suffered a severe stroke. Adams also made a good choice when he nominated Clay, since he was one of the most qualified politicians in the country. Still, this did start things on the wrong foot, and it proved that, like his father before him, Adams was often oblivious to how politics work in practice. Jackson vowed to do whatever it took to win the presidency in 1828.

Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered the White House, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries, national parks, federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portraying Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.

He was one of the most active ex-Presidents, though, and probably did more than he did while he was in the White House. After leaving office, Adams ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives from a Massachusetts district. There, he was much more successful and popular, earning the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his speeches against slavery and the MexicanAmericanWar. Even in his old age, he was a great lawyer and a shrewd negotiator, his most famous case being when he successfully argued at the US Supreme Court that the ''{{Amistad}}'' Africans were illegally enslaved and had every right to fight for their freedom. One of the most vocal opponents in slavery in America, Adams correctly predicted that slavery would eventually cause [[TheAmericanCivilWar the Southern states to secede and start a bloody war between the two halves of the nation]] and that, during this war, [[AbrahamLincoln the president would use his war powers to abolish slavery]]. On the other hand, he was fairly racist in private, as evinced by several comments he made about the MalignedMixedMarriage in Theatre/{{Othello}}: "a runaway match with a blackamoor!" He had a heart attack on the House floor during a passionate debate, and he died a few days later.

He was an BunnyEarsLawyer, and is rivalled only by LyndonBJohnson when it comes to the title of "Weirdest American President". Allegedly enjoyed skinny-dipping in the Potomac in the early morning during his presidency and pimped for the Russian Czar (at least that's what the Jacksonians believe). He was also [[{{Gonk}} ugly as sin]] and is considered [[MoreInformationThanYouRequire the scariest-looking president ever]]. [[Website/{{Cracked}} He funded an expedition to go to the North Pole and find a hole leading to the center of the Earth and contact the Mole People, and kept a pet alligator in the East Wing of the White House. That alligator probably came in handy for some of that shrewd negotiating we mentioned earlier.]] He was also the earliest president to be photographed, albeit not until several years after he left office. WilliamHenryHarrison would be the first president to be photographed while in office.
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!!John Quincy Adams provides examples of:
* ArchEnemy: Understandably not too fond of Jackson.
* BadassBookworm
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Did you read the part about the alligators and the Mole People? He also liked making love outside in zero degree weather.
* ButNotTooForeign: Adams' wife Louisa was born in London to an English mother and an American father, and grew up in England and France. Although technically an American citizen from birth, she did not set foot in the United States for the first time until she was 25, which led to some nativist suspicion about her true loyalties; even John Quincy Adams' [[JohnAdams parents]] had reservations until they finally met her. John Quincy and Louisa tried to counter this issue politically by emphasizing the American side of her family as much as possible (her uncle served in the Continental Congress and was the first Governor of Maryland) and downplaying her European connections.
* GallowsHumor: He had a pet alligator which he often placed in different White House bathrooms to prank his guests.
* MagnumOpus: The Monroe Doctrine.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RedBaron: The Abolitionist.
* ValuesDissonance: He said some rather unpleasant things about Desdemona from Shakespeare's ''{{Theatre/Othello}}'' because of her "runaway match with a blackamoor".

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!!John Quincy Adams in fiction:
* In an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
-->'''Mary''': You and your family... I know you mean well, but sometimes it's like being around ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.\\
'''Dick''': Well, I admit UsefulNotes/JohnAdams' views of a strong central government may have been ahead of their time.\\
'''Mary''': That's ''not'' who I meant!\\
'''Dick''': John ''Quincy'' Adams? You're comparing me to that freak show!
* Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an AcademyAward nomination for his portrayal of him in ''{{Film/Amistad}}''.
* A secondary character in the HBO's miniseries about his father ''Series/JohnAdams''. The show watches John Quincy from a young, bookish little boy all the way to ascending to the presidency.

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28th Dec '13 12:36:39 PM MarkLungo
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-> "I am a man of reserved, cold, austere and forbidding manners. My political adversaries say a gloomy misanthrope, my personal enemies, an unsocial savage."
-->-- [[SelfDeprecation Adams' opinion on himself]], long before he became president.

'''John Quincy Adams''' (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]]. A Democratic-Republican, he served between JamesMonroe and AndrewJackson. He was the first son of [[JohnAdams a former President]] to enter the White House, and only GeorgeWBush has done so since.

Before becoming president, Adams served as a prominent statesman, having gained experience when he went with his father to Europe during the Revolutionary War. He served as a respected ambassador to several countries in Europe, and later helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, Adams authored most of the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen and diplomats in American history. Adams was also a professor at Harvard for some time.

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--'''[[SelfDeprecation
Adams' opinion on himself]], himself]]''', long before he became president.

'''John Quincy Adams''' (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]]. A Democratic-Republican, he served between JamesMonroe UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe and AndrewJackson.UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson. He was the first son of [[JohnAdams a former President]] to enter the White House, and only GeorgeWBush has done so since.

Before becoming president, Adams served as a prominent statesman, having gained experience when he went with his father to Europe during the Revolutionary War. He served as a respected ambassador to several countries in Europe, and later helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, Adams authored most of the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen and diplomats in American history. Adams was also a professor at Harvard for some time.



* In an episode of ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'':

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'''Dick''': Well, I admit JohnAdams' views of a strong central government may have been ahead of their time.\\

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7th Dec '13 6:18:06 PM MysteriousF
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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered the White House, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries, federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portraying Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.

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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered the White House, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries, national parks, federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portraying Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.
7th Dec '13 12:54:35 PM MysteriousF
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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered the White House, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries, federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portrayed Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.

He was one of the most active ex-Presidents, though, and probably did more than he did while he was in the White House. After leaving office, Adams ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives from a Massachusetts district. There, he was much more successful and popular, earning the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his speeches against slavery and the MexicanAmericanWar. Even in his old age, he was a great lawyer and a shrewd negotiator, his most famous case being when he successfully argued at the US Supreme Court that the {{Amistad}} Africans were illegally enslaved and had every right to fight for their freedom. One of the most vocal opponents in slavery in America, Adams correctly predicted that slavery would eventually cause [[TheAmericanCivilWar the Southern states to secede and start a bloody war between the two halves of the nation]] and that, during this war, [[AbrahamLincoln the president would use his war powers to abolish slavery]]. On the other hand, he was fairly racist in private, as evinced by several comments he made about the MalignedMixedMarriage in Theatre/{{Othello}}: "a runaway match with a blackamoor!" He had a heart attack on the House floor during a passionate debate, and he died a few days later.

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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered the White House, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries, federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portrayed portraying Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.

He was one of the most active ex-Presidents, though, and probably did more than he did while he was in the White House. After leaving office, Adams ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives from a Massachusetts district. There, he was much more successful and popular, earning the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his speeches against slavery and the MexicanAmericanWar. Even in his old age, he was a great lawyer and a shrewd negotiator, his most famous case being when he successfully argued at the US Supreme Court that the {{Amistad}} ''{{Amistad}}'' Africans were illegally enslaved and had every right to fight for their freedom. One of the most vocal opponents in slavery in America, Adams correctly predicted that slavery would eventually cause [[TheAmericanCivilWar the Southern states to secede and start a bloody war between the two halves of the nation]] and that, during this war, [[AbrahamLincoln the president would use his war powers to abolish slavery]]. On the other hand, he was fairly racist in private, as evinced by several comments he made about the MalignedMixedMarriage in Theatre/{{Othello}}: "a runaway match with a blackamoor!" He had a heart attack on the House floor during a passionate debate, and he died a few days later.
7th Dec '13 12:50:39 PM MysteriousF
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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered office, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portrayed Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.

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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office. When he entered office, the White House, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries industries, federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy issues before he became President, so not much really happened on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Still, Adams did manage to pay off almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians would not let him spend money on anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portrayed Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the election of 1828.
7th Dec '13 12:42:31 PM MysteriousF
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'''John Quincy Adams''' (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]], after JamesMonroe and before AndrewJackson, and the first son of [[JohnAdams a former president]] to be elected president (only GeorgeWBush has done so since then). The fourth president from the Democratic-Republican Party. Before becoming president, he helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, he authored the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). Was, at various points before the Monroe administration, an ambassador to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen in American history. Was also a professor at Harvard.

Elected by the House of Representatives during the contentious 1824 election when no candidate was able to gain a majority of the electoral college votes (there were four candidates and no clear favorite, although AndrewJackson received the plurality of both). Adams ultimately won when fourth-placed candidate HenryClay threw his support behind Adams, and a gracious Adams announced that Clay would be his Secretary of State. This gave Adams' administration a reputation for being corrupt from day one but Clay didn't need a bribe; he thought Jackson personally unfit for the Presidency and the other candidate, William Crawford, had suffered a severe stroke ''and'' was hostile to Clay's "American System"; there was really only one choice for him to make.

Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number of possible foreign policy crises that could have happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. He supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, though Jackson's allies in Congress blocked most of these programs and legislation, and Adams paid off over two thirds of the national debt (mostly because the Jacksonians wouldn't let him spend the money on anything). His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.

Much more successful and popular as a member of the House of Representatives, earning the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his speeches against slavery and finally dying of a heart attack on the House floor. Adams was elected a U.S. Representative after leaving the presidency, the only president ever to do so, serving for the last 17 years of his life. Most presidents later would consider it BadassDecay. Regardless, he was a great lawyer and a shrewd negotiator, his most famous case being when he successfully argued at the US Supreme Court that the {{Amistad}} Africans were illegally enslaved and had every right to fight for their freedom. He was one of the most vocal opponents of American slavery during his time, and correctly predicted that slavery would eventually cause [[TheAmericanCivilWar the Southern states to secede and start a bloody war between the two halves of the nation]] and that, during this war, [[AbrahamLincoln the president would use his war powers to abolish slavery]]. On the other hand, he was fairly racist in private, as evinced by several comments he made about the MalignedMixedMarriage in Theatre/{{Othello}}: "a runaway match with a blackamoor!"

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'''John Quincy Adams''' (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]], after 1829]]. A Democratic-Republican, he served between JamesMonroe and before AndrewJackson, and AndrewJackson. He was the first son of [[JohnAdams a former president]] President]] to be elected president (only enter the White House, and only GeorgeWBush has done so since then). The fourth president from the Democratic-Republican Party. since.

Before becoming president, Adams served as a prominent statesman, having gained experience when he went with his father to Europe during the Revolutionary War. He served as a respected ambassador to several countries in Europe, and later helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, he Adams authored most of the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). Was, at various points before the Monroe administration, an ambassador to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen and diplomats in American history. Was Adams was also a professor at Harvard.

Elected by the House of Representatives during the contentious 1824 election when no candidate
Harvard for some time.

After Monroe's second term election, Adams
was able to gain a majority one of the electoral college votes (there were four candidates and no clear favorite, although men to run for the presidency in 1824. AndrewJackson received was one of the other four, and he won a plurality of both). Adams ultimately won when both the popular vote and the Electoral College, but not enough to win the election. As the Constitution dictates, the decision then went to the House of Representatives. Speaker of the House HenryClay, who was the fourth-placed candidate HenryClay threw his support behind Adams, nominee and Jackson's sworn nemesis, swung the election in Adams' favor by convincing enough representatives to vote for him. Upon entering office, a gracious Adams announced that nominated Clay would to be his Secretary of State. This gave Adams' administration a reputation The Jacksonians in Congress were outraged, and for being corrupt from day one the next four years they complained of the "Corrupt Bargain" which stole the election, but neither Adams nor Clay didn't need a bribe; he thought were corrupt. Clay believed that Jackson personally was unfit for the Presidency presidency, and the other candidate, third-placed nominee, William Crawford, had has just suffered a severe stroke ''and'' was hostile to Clay's "American System"; there was really only one stroke. Adams also made a good choice for him when he nominated Clay, since he was one of the most qualified politicians in the country. Still, this did start things on the wrong foot, and it proved that, like his father before him, Adams was often oblivious to make.

how politics work in practice. Jackson vowed to do whatever it took to win the presidency in 1828.

Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number office. When he entered office, Adams proposed to Congress an ambitious series of possible "internal improvements" sponsored by the federal government, including more roads and canals, stronger industries federal support for the arts and sciences, and a national university. Jackson's allies in Congress tried to deadlock every single one of these suggestions, and only some of the roads and canals were passed. Additionally, Adams had already solved most major foreign policy crises that could have issues before he became President, so not much really happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. on that front besides some trade agreements with countries in Europe and Latin America. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, Vice President, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. He supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, though Jackson's allies in Congress blocked most of these programs and legislation, and Still, Adams paid did manage to pay off over two thirds almost '''two thirds''' of the national debt (mostly in just four years - mostly, though, because the Jacksonians wouldn't would not let him spend the money on anything).anything and paying off the debt was the only option. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. The Jacksonians kept portrayed Adams as a corrupt aristocrat and Jackson as an honest hero of the common man, and Adams, who had a very poor ability to communicate with people and honestly was pretty stubborn, could do little to convince people otherwise. The criticisms and insults thrown at Adams are absolutely insane, way worse than even the worst mudslinging in today's politics. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.

Much
election of 1828.

He was one of the most active ex-Presidents, though, and probably did more than he did while he was in the White House. After leaving office, Adams ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives from a Massachusetts district. There, he was much
more successful and popular as a member of the House of Representatives, popular, earning the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his speeches against slavery and finally dying of a heart attack on the House floor. Adams was elected a U.S. Representative after leaving the presidency, the only president ever to do so, serving for the last 17 years of MexicanAmericanWar. Even in his life. Most presidents later would consider it BadassDecay. Regardless, old age, he was a great lawyer and a shrewd negotiator, his most famous case being when he successfully argued at the US Supreme Court that the {{Amistad}} Africans were illegally enslaved and had every right to fight for their freedom. He was one One of the most vocal opponents of American in slavery during his time, and in America, Adams correctly predicted that slavery would eventually cause [[TheAmericanCivilWar the Southern states to secede and start a bloody war between the two halves of the nation]] and that, during this war, [[AbrahamLincoln the president would use his war powers to abolish slavery]]. On the other hand, he was fairly racist in private, as evinced by several comments he made about the MalignedMixedMarriage in Theatre/{{Othello}}: "a runaway match with a blackamoor!"
blackamoor!" He had a heart attack on the House floor during a passionate debate, and he died a few days later.
23rd Nov '13 3:37:12 PM MysteriousF
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John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]], after JamesMonroe and before AndrewJackson, and the first son of [[JohnAdams a former president]] to be elected president (only GeorgeWBush has done so since then). The fourth president from the Democratic-Republican Party. Before becoming president, he helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, he authored the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). Was, at various points before the Monroe administration, an ambassador to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen in American history. Was also a professor at Harvard.

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John '''John Quincy Adams Adams''' (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]], after JamesMonroe and before AndrewJackson, and the first son of [[JohnAdams a former president]] to be elected president (only GeorgeWBush has done so since then). The fourth president from the Democratic-Republican Party. Before becoming president, he helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, he authored the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). Was, at various points before the Monroe administration, an ambassador to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen in American history. Was also a professor at Harvard.



Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number of possible foreign policy crises that could have happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. He supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, though Jackson's allies in Congress blocked most of these programs and legislation, and Adams paid off over two thirds of the national debt. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.

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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number of possible foreign policy crises that could have happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. He supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, though Jackson's allies in Congress blocked most of these programs and legislation, and Adams paid off over two thirds of the national debt.debt (mostly because the Jacksonians wouldn't let him spend the money on anything). His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.
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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number of possible foreign policy crisis's that could have happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. He supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, though Jackson's allies in Congress blocked most of these programs and legislation, and Adams paid off over two thirds of the national debt. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.

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Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number of possible foreign policy crisis's crises that could have happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. He supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, though Jackson's allies in Congress blocked most of these programs and legislation, and Adams paid off over two thirds of the national debt. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.
27th Sep '13 1:00:20 PM ThisIsATestTai
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John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President (serving from 1825-1829), and the first son of [[JohnAdams a former president]] to be elected president (only GeorgeWBush has done so since then). The fourth president from the Democratic-Republican Party. Before becoming president, he helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, he authored the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). Was, at various points before the Monroe administration, an ambassador to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen in American history. Was also a professor at Harvard.

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John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth U.S. President (serving from 1825-1829), in [[AntebellumAmerica 1825 to 1829]], after JamesMonroe and before AndrewJackson, and the first son of [[JohnAdams a former president]] to be elected president (only GeorgeWBush has done so since then). The fourth president from the Democratic-Republican Party. Before becoming president, he helped negotiate the treaty that ended the WarOf1812. As JamesMonroe's Secretary of State, he authored the Monroe Doctrine, bought Florida from the Spanish, and helped negotiate the border of the United States and British Canada (gaining America parts of present-day Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the process). Was, at various points before the Monroe administration, an ambassador to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful statesmen in American history. Was also a professor at Harvard.
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Elected by the House of Representatives during the contentious 1824 election when no candidate was able to gain a majority of the electoral college votes (there were four candidates and no clear favorite, although AndrewJackson received the plurality of both). Adams ultimately won when fourth-placed candidate HenryClay threw his support behind Adams, in return for the promise that Clay would become his Secretary of State. This gave Adams' administration a reputation for being corrupt from day one but Clay didn't need a bribe; he thought Jackson personally unfit for the Presidency and the other candidate, William Crawford, had suffered a severe stroke ''and'' was hostile to Clay's "American System"; there was really only one choice for him to make.

Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number of possible foreign policy crisis's that could have happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, and paid off over two thirds of the national debt. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.

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Elected by the House of Representatives during the contentious 1824 election when no candidate was able to gain a majority of the electoral college votes (there were four candidates and no clear favorite, although AndrewJackson received the plurality of both). Adams ultimately won when fourth-placed candidate HenryClay threw his support behind Adams, in return for the promise and a gracious Adams announced that Clay would become be his Secretary of State. This gave Adams' administration a reputation for being corrupt from day one but Clay didn't need a bribe; he thought Jackson personally unfit for the Presidency and the other candidate, William Crawford, had suffered a severe stroke ''and'' was hostile to Clay's "American System"; there was really only one choice for him to make.

Refusing to mix religion into American politics, Adams took the oath of office with one hand on the Constitution and another on a law book. Despite his diplomatic and political skills, he achieved very little during his time in office because a number of possible foreign policy crisis's that could have happened during his term were already solved by him while he was Monroe's Secretary of State. In an ironic echo of the situation his father faced, his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, was a political enemy who had been on Jackson's side during the election. Supported He supported improving the economy and domestic status of the nation through modernization and industrialization, though Jackson's allies in Congress blocked most of these programs and legislation, and Adams paid off over two thirds of the national debt. His successor, Jackson, paid off the rest during his time in office. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Adams was utterly crushed when Jackson went up against him again in the following election.


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* ArchEnemy: Understandably not too fond of Jackson.
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* MagnumOpus: The Monroe Doctrine.
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