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Profile of the Day: John Quincy Adams

On this day in 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, was born.

Profile of the Day: John Quincy Adams

Image: John Quincy Adams / Library of Congress

Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts on July 11, 1767. He was the eldest son of the second U.S. President, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, and was named after his mother’s maternal grandfather, Colonel John Quincy. As a young boy, Adams witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill from a hill top above the family farm with his mother.

Before becoming President, Adams worked as a successful diplomat, a U.S. Senator, and served as the Secretary of State during James Monroe’s presidency. In 1825, Adams became the sixth President of the United States after a contentious election. He had lost the popular vote to Andrew Jackson and since none of the candidates won a majority of electoral votes, the election was sent to the House of Representatives. The House ultimately elected Adams to the office of the President. Adams would serve only one term as President.

After his presidency, Adams was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served from 1831 until his death in 1848.

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