President John Quincy Adam was the 6th president and served for one term. He was born to John and Abigail in 1767 in Braintree Massachusetts and did not go to school when he was young. In fact, he was under the private tutelage of his cousin and his father’s law clerk.
He was a lot smarter than most people of his age, and also managed to expand his knowledge at the university of Leiden. He met Francis Dana, and spent time in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and became fluent in many languages. He later returned to America, attended Harvard, and graduated in 1787 with a bachelor degree, and in 1790 with master’s degree. He later translated Virgil, Horace, Plutarch, and Aristotle. He defended George Washington’s decision to keep the United States out of wars in Europe. Later, George Washington appointed him as an ambassador to Netherlands at the young age of 26. He met his future wife, Louisa Catherine Johnson.
In 1796, he was appointed as a minister to Portugal. George Washington said that Adams was the most important foreign helper. He continued in public service and appointed him as the secretary of state, and later tried to become a president. He was hotly contested by General Andrew Jackson, and at the election, it ended in a three-way tie. Later, Henry Clay brought his supporters to the side of John Quincy. Andrew Jackson was furious and claimed a corrupt bargain had happened.
John Quincy Adams had proposed developing progress in America. And wanted to make some internal improvements for America. He wasn’t focusing on conquering other lands. He supported the high tariff to pay for road-building and canal-building projects he instituted. The Tariff made him increasingly unpopular. He supported the American Indians in their claims, and later John Quincy Adams left the office. He thought that he would have a pleasant time with his family, but was elected to the House of Representatives in 1830. The last 17 years of his life was spent in the congress and he died two days after suffering a severe stroke in 1848.
John Quincy Adam had been widely respected throughout his life and was very smart.