John Quincy Adams Biography

John Quincy Adams was the son of President John Adams, served as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and was Secretary of State under President Monroe. In the presidential election of 1824, no one candidate received a majority of electoral votes and the election was decided in Adams' favor by Congress. The election of 1828 was the first in which the candidates were chosen by state legislatures instead of congressional caucuses, making the popular vote more of a factor. Adams lost by a wide margin to the Democrat from Tennessee, Andrew Jackson. Although he served only one term as president, Adams was elected in 1830 to the House of Representatives, where he served for the remaining 17 years of his life.

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Adams was the sixth president... His wife was Louisa Adams... Their eldest son, George Washington Adams, was named for President George Washington.

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    John Quincy Adams is our first photographed president. In his Journal, under the date of September 27, 1847, he provides a meticulous description of a first visit to "a Daguerrean Gallery" in Boston. However, he writes: "An exposition of sleep came over men and I was unable to keep my eyes open for two minutes together. I dozed and the picture was asleep!" Subsequent sessions were more successful resulting in the image you reproduce as well as others.

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