JOHN QUINCY ADAMS - 1767 - 1848
Only twice in our nation’s history have a father and son both been elected President. Very recently, George W. Bush served as our 43rd President shortly after his father, George H. W. Bush, served as the 41st President. We have to go back to our country’s beginnings to find the other pair – John Adams, our 2nd President, and his son John Quincy Adams, who was our 6th President.
Humorously, John Adams is quoted as having told his son, “No man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it."
In many ways, John Quincy Adams’ life and political career mirrored his father’s. Both were born in Braintree, Massachusetts, educated at Harvard College and studied at the post-graduate level at Harvard University. Both served just one term as President, losing their elections for a second term.
THE ESTEEMED OLD HARVARD COLLEGE, WHERE BOTH ADAMS EARNED THEIR DEGREES
Perhaps it’s not surprising that John Quincy Adams followed in his father’s political footsteps. From an early age, he accompanied John Adams when the elder statesman traveled to Europe – appointed Commissioner to France in 1778, Minister to the Netherlands in 1780 and Minister to Great Britain in 1785. John Quincy himself later served as Minister to the Netherlands, appointed in 1794.
John Adams, of course, was one of our Founding Fathers, a member of the Continental Congress from 1774-1778. John Quincy Adams served as United States Senator from 1803-1808 and after losing his bid for a second presidential election, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1831 until 1848. Many historians claim John Quincy accomplished much more during his Congressional career than he did while President.
During his tenure in the White House, John Quincy Adams attempted to win legislative support for what would have been the first federally-funded infrastructure projects, building canals and roads. He also sought funding for a national bank and a national university. These proposals failed. Toward the end of his term, he approved what became known as the “Tariff of Abominations,” an effort to protect American manufacturers that ended up increasing the price of goods domestically. This is considered to be the primary reason he lost his second election.
THE BIRTHPLACE OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, LOCATED IN BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS
His father also lost his second-term election due to unpopular legislation. In John Adams’ case, it was the four laws that formed The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which were so severe they were later repealed or allowed to lapse.
No doubt thanks to everything he learned at his father’s side and during his own ambassadorial service, John Quincy Adams was more successful in foreign affairs. He helped negotiate the end of the War of 1812, and created the policy that became known as the Monroe Doctrine. He tried to expand the U. S. diplomatic service, but Congress would not approve funds for that, either.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS - CIRCA 1800 - 1814 ELEGANT ONE-PIECE 3.25" X 6.25" CUSTARD CUP - A HIGHLIGHT OF
THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
When it came to presidential entertaining, Adams father and son had very different White House China. John and Abigail Adams brought their own cornflower-patterned dinnerware purchased in France to the White House. And although John Quincy and Louisa Adams purchased a lovely Meissen service in Germany, they reportedly used only the existing Monroe china for formal White House dinners.
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