John Quincy Adams, 1767 - 1848

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Born: 11 July 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts
Died: 23 February 1848, Washington City

The young Adams accompanied his father John Adams who served as representative from the US to France and the Netherlands, getting some of his education abroad and then graduating from Harvard in 1787. He briefly practiced law at Boston, but was then named ambassador to the Netherlands, Portugal, and Prussia before gaining a seat in the Senate in 1803. He returned to foreign service in Russia and England after one term, then became Secretary of State under James Monroe. In the presidential election of 1824 he came in second in a four-way race which was settled in the House, which elected him over front-runner Andrew Jackson, making him the first son of a president to become president himself. The deal that gave him the office came back to cost him reelection, but he was promptly elected to a House seat and served from 1831 to his death, the only former president to serve in the house. He suffered a stroke on the floor of the House and died in the Speaker's Room.

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