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John Quincy Adams- a success or a failureJohn Quincy Adams was the only son of a president to become presidentHe had an impressive political background that began at the age of fourteen Hewas an intelligent and industrious individual He was a man of strong characterand high principles By all account his presidency should have been a hugesuccess yet it wasnt John Quincy Adams presidency was frustrating andjudged a failure because of the scandal attached to his election the pettiness ofhis political rivals and his strong character John Quincy Adams was born on July 1767 in Braintree MassachusettsHis parents were John and Abigail Adams Quincy had every advantage as a youngster At the time of his birth hisfather was an increasingly admired and prospering lawyer and his motherAbigail Smith Adams was the daughter of an esteemed minister whosewifes family combined two prestigious and influential lines the Nortonsand the Quincys Accompanying his father on diplomatic missions inEurope young John Quincy Adams received a splendid education atprivate schools in Paris Leiden and Amsterdam early developing hispenchant for omnivorous reading Graff 92He was able to speak several languages At the age of fourteen he was askedto serve as secretary and translator to Francis Dana the first US ambassador toRussia Despite his age young Adams was a valuable aid to the consul heenjoyed Russia and the exposure to diplomatic circles Presidents 176 Helater returned to the United States and attended Harvard He graduated in two years and entered the law offices of TheophilusParsons in Newburyport Massachusetts Passing the bar in 1790 he set uppractice in Boston Presidents 176 In 1794 John began his long politicalGeorge Washington appointed John Quincy Adams an Ambassador tothe Netherlands After his father was elected as the second president of theUnited States he was reassigned to the post of minister to Prussia He kept thispost throughout his fathers term of office After his fathers defeat to ThomasJefferson he returned home In 1802 he
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