Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The American Presidents: John Quincy Adams

The following is from a work-in-progress called "The American Presidents: a Coloring Book."

John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848) was the sixth president of the United States .  He was the son of former President John Adams and Abigail Adams.  Much of Adams' youth was spent accompanying his father overseas.  He lived in France, the Netherlands, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.  He became fluent in French and Dutch. He also excelled in classical studies and reached high fluency of Latin and Greek. Upon entering Harvard he had already translated Virgil, Horace, Plutarch and Aristotle.  Throughout his career, he was a member of numerous political parties: Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, Anti-Masonic, and Whig.  He was elected president in 1825.  After leaving office, he served for the last 17 years of his life a U.S. Representative.  Throughout his life, Adams was a leading opponent of slavery.

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