John Quincy Adams


Hello, I'm John Quincy Adams. I grew up in Braintree,
Massachusetts, and when I became an adult I traveled with
my father on his diplomatic missions until I became
interested in political journalism at Harvard and
eventually became he sixth president of the United States.
During my lifetime, from 1767 to 1848, the United States
was desperately trying to make allies, as the country was
in it's infancy. I followed my father's footsteps, as I was
working in foreign relations before I became President. I
have experienced many great events, such as when I was
appointed as minister to the Netherlands, a mere three days
later I witnessed the French invade the country and
overthrow the Dutch Republic. This was thought of by many
as an attempt for the French to show the United States how
strong it was, without exerting any force on them at all.
On a different occasion, when I was appointed minister to
Russia, I was the leading negotiator for the Treaty of
Ghent with the British, which ended the War of 1812. These
negotiations gained respect for the United States and me as
a diplomat. I am a likable person wherever I go. When I was
a kid, our family was very closely knit, as we all helped
manage the farm, except for my dad, who was usually away in
foreign countries. This didn't affect me very much since I
joined up with him when I was 11 on his operations after my
persistent asking. As President, I worked scrupulously to
work out problems and provide leadership for the country.
This was acknowledged by my fellow officials in office and
by the country, as I'm thought of as a person with
integrity and honesty. Louisa Catherine Adams, my wife,
holds a special place in my heart. She has always been
trustworthy and nice. As a child she had to deal with ill
health frequently, (which often recurs), and as First Lady
she held brilliant parties for my Cabinet and friends.
Louisa and I had four children, but sadly they all died
before they could have children of their own, all for
various reasons. My only real enemy to speak of is Andrew
Jackson. Before my administration, Jackson and his
followers accused me of promising Henry Clay a cabinet post
in return for his support. After I was elected, and I
appointed Clay Secretary of State, Jackson's strong
followers in Congress called it a 'corrupt bargain'. This
dispute forever split the Democratic-Republican Party, and
mine is now known as the National Republicans. Throughout
my life in politics, I was just concerned with providing
the country with leadership to the best of my ability. I
realized all my actions would influence everyone after me,
so it wasn't just my administration I was providing for.
I'm very fortunate to have a father like I did. I didn't
have very many obstacles to overcome on my way into the
White House, since my father really led me into position,
right up to his support for me as President, which
influenced even more people to vote for me. I consider the
split of the parties an obstacle to overcome since if it
weren't for the intense campaigning afterward, I probably
wouldn't have been elected since I lost much support from
that event. Nothing is really funny in my life since I am
often saddened by my wife's frequent illnesses and charges
from Jackson. Throughout my life in politics, it has
usually just been being a different minister for a
different country before settling in the White House. I
have often been misunderstood, due to the fact of my
philosophy to change things for the better, which the
people of this country aren't always ready for. For
instance, at my inaugural speech in front of Congress, I
proposed a plan for national improvements, such as
highways, universities, and weather stations. They didn't
buy into it, but I have a feeling they will realize one day
that it needs to be done, but it's a shame not I don't
think they will in my lifetime. If I had my life to do over
again, I would probably not have appointed Henry Clay as
Secretary of State. As much of a dear friend he is, it
caused much trouble throughout my political life. The
accusations started the minute I appointed him. I feel I
deserve credit for helping to set this country on the right
path towards freedom, prosperity, and loyalty to the
country. Although they might not appreciate it now, I'm
confident future generations will follow my lead to make
this country the best it can be. For this generation I can
offer this; Once you set your goals, never give up. I had
numerous jobs as minister and ambassadors to many different
countries before I finally won the election to become the
President. The path I traveled wasn't easy, but I believe
my hard work paid off. If I were alive today I would
probably take revenge on all those crooked politicians I've
been hearing about who take bribes and shred confidential
documents. They deteriorate the fabric this country was
built on, and it will be a long time before it is fully

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