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John Quincy Adams was born on July 11 1767 in what is now Quincy Massachusetts Peil to the second President of the United States who served on the first Continental Congress and helped draft the Constitution John Adams the Diplomatic President John Adams and his wife Abagail Peil During the first years of the Revolution John Quincy received his education principally by instruction from his father and mother At ten years of age he accompanied his father on several diplomatic missions to Europe While in Paris attending a private school he learned to speak French fluently and then studied at the University of Leiden By the time Adams returned to the states in 1785 he was well versed in classical languages history and mathematics Adams finished his education at Harvard in 1787 and then began to practice law in Boston Bemis without much success John Adams the Diplomatic President At age twenty-six he was appointed Minister of the Netherlands by George Washington and later promoted to the Berlin Legation Adams was elected to the United States Senate in 1802 as a result of his accomplishments Six years later Adams was appointed Minister to Russia by President Monroe Monroe also chose Adams to become secretary of state In this position Adams gained a great deal of respect and was considered one of Americas greatest secretaries of state This earned him a nomination for President in the election of 1824 John Quincy Adams The election of 1824 was a landmark election It was the first in which popular vote actually mattered In the past the election had been left up to the state legislature Only six states decided to use this policy The other sixteen states decided to choose presidential electors by popular vote John Adams the Diplomatic President There were four candidates for the presidency William H Crawford Henry Clay Andrew Jackson and of course John Q Adams All four candidates were nominally Democratic-Republicans so the
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