#6 John Quincy Adams


Term: 1825-1829

Party: Federalist

Son of John Adams our second U.S. president and the Sixth U.S. president. Prior to serving as president, John Quincy Adams was Secretary of State under James Monroe. Under Monroe, J.Q. Adams took part in the drafting of many historical doctrines including the Treaty of Ghent, signed after the war of 1812. Also known for his influence on foreign policies(Monroe Doctrine,, making him one of the most successful Secretary of States in our Nation’s history. It was his accomplishments under Monroe would he run for office and with the “Corrupt Bargain” where presidential opponent Henry Clay gave up his supporters to Adams and with the extra support, Adams becomes president. As president, Adams believed in a large federal government and proposed a progressive plan to improve not only infrastructural projects, but educational programs as well.  J.Q. Adams pushed for advancements in sciences and arts stating,

that the nation blessed with the largest proportion of liberty must in proportion to its numbers be the most powerful nation upon earth, and that the tenure of power by man is, in the moral purposes of his Creator, upon condition that it shall be exercised to ends of beneficence, to improve the condition of himself and his fellow men.” (John Quincy Adams on the Role of the Government  1825).

Despite his achievements as Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams was disappointing as a President. His Ideas were criticized as exceeding the powers of the federal government. His plans to build a national university, roads (exception of the Cumberland road), canals (exception of the Erie canal), and a national bank were deemed too progressive failed to be completed. The majority of the nation at this time wanted less government regulations and the south feared for abolition leading to the fall of his popularity and would only serve one term. Despite his inadequacy as president, John Quincy Adams was in no doubt a successful diplomat and continued to take part in politics after his term. He is the only president to serve in congress after his presidency.


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