1. John Quincy Adams was the Sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He only served one term as President. He was eldest the son of U.S. President John Adams and Abigail Adams. During inauguration as the U.S. president John Quincy swore his oath on a book of Constitutional Laws instead of the traditional Bible. His presidency was somewhat uneventful.
2. John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts. He died on February 23, 1848 in Washington, D.C. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams was the wife of John Quincy Adams. John Quincy was fluent in French, Dutch, German and other European languages.
3. He graduated in 1787 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College. Then he studied law with Theophilus Parsons in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 1790 he earned a Master of Arts from Harvard and began practicing law in Boston in 1791.
4. Like his father, John Quincy kept a diary, which had more than 14,000 pages, started writting from 1779 at the age of 12, until before his death in 1848. His diary consists of an unprecedented fifty volumes. His diary shows that he suffered from depression most of his life.
5. He tried to get a law passed to raise tariffs and help American businesses, but the Southern states were against it. The law never passed. He also proposed to set up a national transportation system of roads and canals. However, this too failed in congress.
6. Originally John Quincy retired after his presidency but then decided to run for Congress. John Quincy became the first president to serve in congress after his presidency.
7. He was against slavery and believed the president could use war power to abolish slavery. John also negotiated many treaties for the United States including the War of 1812, the Treaty of Ghent and the Annex of Florida from Spain.