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The only President who was the son of a President John Quincy Adams in many respects paralleled the career as well as the temperament and viewpoints of his illustrious father Born in Braintree Massachusetts in 1767 he watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penns Hill above the family farm As secretary to his father in Europe he became an accomplished linguist and assiduous diarist After graduating from Harvard College he became a lawyer At age 26 he was appointed Minister to the Netherlands then promoted to the Berlin Legation In 1802 he was elected to the United States Senate Six years later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia Serving under President Monroe Adams was one of Americas great Secretaries of State arranging with England for the joint occupation of the Oregon country obtaining from Spain the cession of the Floridas and formulating with the President the Monroe Doctrine In the political tradition of the early 19th century Adams as Secretary of State was considered the political heir to the Presidency But the old ways of choosing a President were giving way in 1824 before the clamor for a popular choice Within the one and only party--the Republican--sectionalism and factionalism were developing and each section put up its own candidate for the Presidency Adams the candidate of the North fell behind Gen Andrew Jackson in both popular and electoral votes but received more than William H Crawford and Henry Clay Since no candidate had a majority of electoral votes the election was decided among the top three by the House of Representatives Clay who favored a program similar to that of Adams threw his crucial support in the House to the New Englander Upon becoming President Adams appointed Clay as Secretary of State Jackson and his angry followers charged that a corrupt bargain had taken place and immediately began their campaign to wrest the Presidency from Adams in 1828 Well aware
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