- Sixth President (1825-1829)
- Birthday: July 11, 1767 (Saturday)
- Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
- Date of Death: February 23, 1848 (Wednesday)
- Place of Death: Washington DC
- Place of Burial: United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts
- Cause of Death: Stroke
- Age: 80 years old
- Length of Retirement: 6930 days
- Religion: Unitarianism
- Party: Whig
John Quincy Adams Offices Held
- US House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1831-1848)
- Secretary of State (1817-1825)
- US Minister to the Court of St. James (1814-1817)
- US Minister to Russia (1809-1814)
- US Senator from Massachusetts (1803-1808)
- US Minister to Prussia (1797-1801)
- US Minister to the Netherlands (1794-1797)
John Quincy Adams Nicknames
- Old Man Eloquent
- King John II
- The Abolitionist
John Quincy Adams Pets
- Alligator (given to him by Marquis de Lafayette)
John Quincy Adams Personal Traits
- Height: 5 feet – 7-1/2 inches
John Quincy Adams Quotes
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties and obstacles vanish.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote was never lost.
The best guarantee against the abuse of power consists in the freedom, the purity, and the frequency of popular elections.
The firmest security of peace is the preparation during peace of the defenses of war.
Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
John Quincy Adams Timeline – Family
- October 30, 1735 John Adams (Father) born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- November 22, 1744 Abigail Smith Adams (Mother) born in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
- October 25, 1764 John Adams (Father) marries Abigail Smith (Mother) at her parent’s home in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
- July 14, 1765 Abigail “Nabby” Adams Smith (Sister) born in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- July 11, 1767 John Quincy Adams born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- December 28, 1768 Grace Susanna “Suky” Adams (Sister) born in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
- February 4, 1770 Grace Susanna “Suky” Adams (Sister) dies in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
- May 29, 1770 Charles Adams (Brother) born in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- September 15, 1772 Thomas Boylston Adams (Brother) born in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- February 12, 1775 Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams (Wife) born in London, England.
- 1777 Elizabeth Adams (Sister) is still born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
- July 26, 1797 John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Catherine Johnson (Wife) at All Hollows Barking Parish in London, England.
- November 30, 1800 Charles Adams (Brother) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- April 12, 1801 George Washington Adams (Son) born.
- July 4, 1803 John Adams II (Son) born.
- August 18, 1807 Charles Francis Adams (Son) born in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1811 Louisa Catherine Adams (Daughter) born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- 1812 Louisa Catherine Adams (Daughter) dies in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- August 15, 1813 Abigail “Nabby” Adams Smith (Sister) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- October 28, 1818 Abigail Smith Adams (Mother) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- July 4, 1826 John Adams (Father) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- June 9, 1829 George Washington Adams (Son) dies.
- March 13, 1832 Thomas Boylston Adams (Brother) dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
- October 23, 1834 John Adams II (Son) dies.
- February 23, 1848 John Quincy Adams dies in Washington DC.
- May 15, 1852Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams (Wife) dies in Washington DC.
- November 21, 1886 Charles Francis Adams (Son) dies in Boston, Massachusetts.
John Quincy Adams Links
John Quincy Adams Blogs
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- “I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.” Psalm 30:1 KJV
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