Category Archives: John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams: Weights and Measures

The Constitution of the United States mandated that Congress develop a standardized system of weights and measures – back in 1787. Early Attempts at Uniformity No one argued with the importance of uniformity of measuring things – from the purity … Continue reading

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John Quincy Adams and Anne Royall

The curmudgeon and the public nuisance: an odd couple. John Quincy Adams When John Quincy Adams became President in 1825, there were few who could match his stellar credentials: A cosmopolitan European education, Harvard graduate, legislative appointments and a long … Continue reading

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JQ Adams and the Honeymoon Disappointment

John Quincy Adams was a 30-year-old diplomat when he married. JQ the Diplomat John Quincy Adams was a recent graduate of Harvard College when George Washington became president in 1789.┬áHe had received an exceptional education during the 8 years he … Continue reading

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Louisa Adams, Neglected First Lady

No one had a better resume for becoming a First Lady than Louisa Catherine Adams. Louisa: Englishwoman of High Standing Louisa Catherine Johnson was born in England and well educated in a convent school in Paris. Her American father had … Continue reading

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John Quincy Adams: When The People Cheered

John Quincy Adams was a brilliant man of many substantive accomplishments. Popularity was not one of them. JQA: A Spectacular Upbringing By the time John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was twenty-one, he was arguably the most cosmopolitan man of his generation … Continue reading

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Mrs. Adams, Dr. Physick, and Her Unmentionable Problem

Louisa Catherine Adams: A Brief Medical History Louisa Catherine Adams (1775-1852), London born and Paris educated, was raised to be exactly what she would become: a perfect consort for a man of distinction. John Quincy Adams was the US minister … Continue reading

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Louisa Adams and the Jackson Ball

In 1824, James Monroe, our last Founding Father(ish) was retiring. His Cabinet was a virtual nursery for a new generation poised to take over. The Players and the Playing Field: 1824 Leading the field for the election of 1824, was … Continue reading

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