John Quincy Adams

ADAMS, John Quincy. b. Braintree (later Quincy), Massachusetts, 11 July 1767; d. Washington, DC, 21 February 1848. He was the son of the second President of the USA, John Adams, who had served as an ambassador in France and Holland. His son, the subject of this entry, was educated at schools in those countries. He studied law at Harvard College, graduating in 1787, and practised as a lawyer in Boston. He was appointed minister to the Netherlands (1794-97) and Prussia (1797-1801). Returning to the USA, he was Senator from Massachusetts (1803-08), followed by a diplomatic post as Ambassador to Russia (1809-14) and Britain (1815-17). He was Secretary of State to James Monroe (1817-25) and...

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