John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States, and was one of the earliest major American political figures to take a strong stance against slavery in the country. Pictured here, in John Quincy Adams also became the first president to have his picture taken.
As first vice president and second president of the United StatesJohn Adams was one of the founding fathers of the new nation. He was a delegate of the Continental Congress from to and one of only two presidents whose signature appears on the Declaration of Independence.
Adams also participated in negotiating the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution. He applied his expert skills in foreign policy to secure diplomacy with Great Britain after the American Revolution and to avoid a potential war with France during his presidency.
During his tenure in office, Adams led the country by upholding the values of liberty and democracy set forth in the United States Constitution. The couple later had two more sons, Peter and Elihu. He graduated in but chose to teach school rather than enter the ministry.
For the next three years he taught grade school in Worcester, Massachusetts. Adams was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in and established his own law practice in Braintree. The couple had four children: The British Parliament had instituted a Stamp Act inwhich levied a tax on all publications and legal documents in the colonies.
The Act enraged the colonists, inspiring riots and other acts of civil disobedience along with a boycott of any goods that required stamped papers.
The widespread protests coupled with the impassioned legal arguments of Adams and his colleagues forced Parliament to repeal the act in Adams also led the opposition against the Townshend Acts ofwhich imposed taxes on imported British commodities in the colonies such as glass, paper, and paint.
He attested that the crowd of citizens had taunted and threatened the British soldiers, provoking the soldiers to fire their muskets at the crowd, thus killing five of the colonists.
Adams secured the acquittal of six of the eight British soldiers involved. The other two were convicted of manslaughter and released after they were branded on the thumbs as punishment.
The colonists continued to agitate against Great Britain over the lack of colonial representation in Parliament. Along with the other members, he rejected any further reconciliation with Great Britain. At the Second Continental Congress inAdams nominated George Washington as commander in chief of all colonial military forces at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
Library of Congress, Washington, D. He persuaded Thomas Jefferson to draft it and demanded unanimous support from the Continental Congress to declare independence from Great Britain. On July 4,Adams signed the Declaration along with other Congressional delegates, including his cousin, Samuel Adamsand Jefferson.
The Continental Congress then formulated a plan for a national government with the Articles of Confederationwhich served as the first constitution of the United States.John Quincy Adams: John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States (–29) and son of President John Adams.
In his prepresidential years he was one of America’s greatest diplomats (formulating, among other things, what came to be called the Monroe Doctrine), and later as a congressman he fought the expansion of slavery. John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States, and was one of the earliest major American political figures to take a strong stance against slavery in the country.
Pictured here, in John Quincy Adams also became the first president to have his picture taken. John Quincy Adams. Oct 27, · Watch video · John Quincy Adams’ Early Life Born on July 11, , in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts, John Quincy Adams was the second child .
Watch video · John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States. He was also the eldest son of President John Adams, the second U.S. president. Born in Massachusetts on July 11, , John Quincy. Mar 29, · Adams would go on to serve as the sixth president of the United States and finish his career in the House of Representatives.
Early Life John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, , as the son of John Adams and Reviews: 2. John Quincy Adams: The often ignored sixth President of the United States - Kindle edition by Mark Steinberg.
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