August 14 (Tuesday)

The Sixth U.S. President
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 John Quincy Adams
Full Name: John Quincy Adams
Born: July 11, 1767 in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts
Died: Feb. 23, 1848 in Washington, D.C.

The son of John Adams (the second U.S. President), John Quincy Adams served as the sixth President of the United States (1825-1829). John Q. Adams also served as a diplomat, secretary of state, senator and congressional representative.

As a diplomat, Adams was associated with many international treaties, including the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. He negotiated with the United Kingdom over the United States’ northern border with Canada, negotiated the annexation of Florida with Spain and authored the Monroe Doctrine.

Adams is generally regarded as one of America’s greatest diplomats and secretaries of state, though many Latin Americans regard him as a monster because of his association with the Monroe Doctrine. Hampered by a Congress controlled by his enemies and a lack of patronage networks, he served just one term, just like his father.