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John Quincy Adams


Born in Braintree, now called Quincy, Massachusetts. Son of President John Adams. Graduate of Harvard in 1787. Admitted to the bar in 1790 and practiced law in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Married Louisa Catherine Johnson July 26, 1797.

Adams served as minister to the Netherlands 1794 to 1797. He negotiated a treaty in Berlin. Elected Senator and served 1803 to 1808 where he opposed the purchase of the Louisiana Territory. Served as minister to England 1815 to 1817 re-establishing relations following the War of 1812. Appointed Secretary of State and served March 5, 1817, to March 3, 1825. Elected as sixth President and served March 4, 1825, through March 3, 1829. His Vice President was John C. Calhoun. He was defeated by Jackson in his attempt for a second term. He served in the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. He died in Washington, D. C.

Adams appears on Indian Peace Medals. Three sizes were produced; 76 mm (Julian IP-11), 62 mm (Julian IP-12), and 51 mm (Julian IP-13). The obverse die was by Moritz Furst. The reverse is the common die by John Reich. The modern mint copies are 76 mm (USM 106).

Adams appears on a $500 1869 United States legal tender note and $2 Southern Bank of Indiana, Terre Haute note.

He appears with President Monroe on the 1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial half dollar.

The John Quincy Adams presidential dollar coin was released May 15, 2008, with an unofficial launch ceremonay in Quincy, Massachusetts. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.

bio: ApCAB; BDEB; DAB; Drake; Failor; Limpert; Loubat; NCAB 5; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-H profile CW 1/1/2001

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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