[1825] - John Quincy Adams elected sixth US President

The son of John Adams, the second US President, and his wife Abigail, John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) was a renowned diplomat who served as president for one term from 1825 to 1829. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he served as minister to the Netherlands, Portugal, Prussia and Russia before being appointed as Secretary of State by James Monroe. As Secretary of State, he was a leading architect of the Monroe Doctrine. Although a man of considerable experience and integrity, his presidency was hampered by a lack of popular and political support. In 1828 he lost his bid for re-election to Andrew Jackson. After leaving office, he served for Massachusetts in the House of Representatives for the last seventeen years of his life. He died on 23 February 1848 in the Speaker’s Room inside the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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