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John F Kennedy the author of Profiles in Courage felt there were many politically courageous people Kennedy seemed to define courageous as someone willing to risk ones personal assets to stand up for he believes is right and good Eight different people including John Quincy Adams Thomas Benton and Sam Houston are illustrated in this book Each of these people made outstanding political moves just defend ones beliefs While some were scrutinized others amazed the population and history was madeJohn Quincy Adams was the Senator of Massachesetts He resided with the Federalist party John showed courage when the Louisianna Purchase was an issue Adams supported the purchase Support of the Louisianna Purchase didnt coincide with the beliefs of the Federalist party That didnt stop Adams from pushing to pass the purchase The Embargo Bill was created to stop the British from taking Americans sailor without proof of citizenship and even some with proof Adams constituents thought the Embargo Bill would instigate another war Support of such subject caused his party-mates and constituents to re-think their view of the Massachusetts SenatorDaniel Webster House of Representatives member was a Federalist and was most famous for is Seventh of March speech While slavery seemed to be the main issue of the time the speech spoke mainly of preserving the Union Although he was opposed to slavery he seldom brought it up in his political activities These pressures haunted him around the time he was fighting to be re-electedThomas Benton was a Senator of Missouri who had negative relations with President Jackson Benton supported the Missouri Compromise but opposed the National Bank and slavery Seeing how Missouri was a slave state Thomas recieved much ridicule This caused Benton to lose office during the next electionSam Houston was the first Senator of Texas and a part of the Democrat party Houston was stricktly opposed to the succession of the Union Eventually he lost his seat as Senator Soon after he
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