John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) – was born in Massachusetts in 1767. The son of a remarkable mother and father – Abigail Adams and John Adams. As a boy of 9 years, he witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill with his Mother. Because of the connections of John Quincy Adams (Pictured below); from a family point of view, he spent much of his childhood in Europe, becoming the benefactor of advanced education in more ways than one.
THE VENERABLE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
Upon his return to the United States, young Adams studied at Harvard and then studied law. In 1802 was elected to the United States Senate. He also served as the United States Minister to Russia and turned down an appointment to the United States Supreme Court. In 1814, he negotiated the Treaty of Ghent, which culminated in the ending of the War of 1812. From 1815 to 1817, Adams served as the Minister to Great Britain. From 1817 to 1825, he was Secretary of State in the Monroe Administration, at which time he signed the Document illustrated just below, currently in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. In addition, Adams was a strong supporter of the doctrine which later became known as the Monroe Doctrine. This famed Doctrine limited European involvement of affairs in the Western Hemisphere.
A VELLUM SHIP'S PASSPORT SIGNED BY JOHN QUINCY ADAMS AND JAMES MONROE, IN IMPECCABLE QUALITY AND NEAR-MINT CONDITION — NOW IN THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION
In 1825, John Quincy Adams was Inaugurated President of the United States and called for the Federal Expenditure of Canals and Roadways to link the United States. He also proposed government support for scientific research, a novel concept to be so Early in our History.
EARLY AMERICAN CLIPPER SHIP
After his retirement from his Presidency, John Quincy Adams enjoyed a lasting career in the United States House of Representatives, lasting 17 years until he suffered a massive stroke. Fittingly, Adams passed away in the United States Capitol in 1848 – All in all, a superb example of an American Public Servant – perhaps something more Americans should strive to be.
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX: HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR