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th Presidential Profile Name John Quincy Adams Dates in Office He served from 1825 to 1829 Party Democratic Republican Background Adams was born on July 11 1767 in Braintree Massachusetts He was the son of John Adams the 2nd president of the United States From age 10 to 17 Adams lived in Europe while his father was ambassador to different nations At the age of 18 he enrolled at Harvard and graduated in 1787 For the next three years after graduating Adams studied law under Theophilus Person at Newburyport Massachusetts He was admitted to the bar in 1790 Four years later he became the Minister to the Netherlands Along with his many other qualifications for the position he was one of the only Americans who could speak Dutch He held that position until 1797 Later that year he became Minister to Prussia a job he had for four years From 1803 to 1807 Adams was a US Senator In 1809 he became the first US Minister to Russia He served in that position for five years In 1817 James Monroe appointed Adams as the Secretary of State He held this status throughout Monroes tenure as president Presidency- He assumed the presidency in 1825 after a controversial decision by the House of Representatives After none of the four men running for office in 1825 received the majority needed to win the race the election was given to the House of Representatives Due to the decision of the House to consider only the top three candidates Henry Clay was dropped from consideration Although Jackson had won the popular vote Adams won out in the House with the barest majority of 13 to 7 over Jackson Vice President From 1825-1829 John C Calhoun served as Vice President Major Campaign Issues Adams apparent aloofness and formal manner compared unfavorably with Jacksons down-home style Therefore the campaign turned on the personalities of the
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