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Facts about John Adams Quincy

Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), served as America's sixth president, from 1825 to 1829. The son of President John Adams, he was born in Quincy (then part of Brain tree), Massachusetts. Adams was educated in Europe and at Harvard University. In 1817, he was chosen by President James Monroe as Secretary of State. Adams helped Monroe draft the speech which became known as the Monroe Doctrine. In this, Monroe declared that the United States would not interfere in European affairs, but that European nations were not to interfere in American affairs, and that no more European colonies were to be founded in the Americas.

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John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. president, is also remembered for his part in shaping the Monroe Doctrine

In the presidential election of 1824, there were three candidates, John Adams, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay. None won a majority, but Clay gave his support to Adams, who became president. When Adams made Clay Secretary of State, he was accused of having bribed Clay. Jackson opposed Adams throughout his presidency and Adams achieved little. Adams was defeated in the election of 1829, but next year was elected to the House of Representatives. There, he was an eloquent spokesman against slavery, and succeeded in having the 'gag rule' abolished. This had prevented discussion of slavery in the House. In 1848, while speaking against slavery in the House, Adams collapsed and died.

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