Presidential Trivia – John Quincy Adams

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

  • Born July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts
  •  Died February 23, 1848 inside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
  • Height: 5’7″
  • Education:  Graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard in 1787, A.M. from Harvard in 1790
  • Civilian profession: Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard
  • Married to Louisa Catherine Johnson in 1797.  She is the first and only foreign-born First Lady.
  • Children: Louisa, George Washington, John, Charles
  • Political Party – Whig (1838–1848), Federalist (Before 1808), Democratic-Republican (1808–1830), National Republican (1830-1834)
  • One of only 8 Presidents to be born British subjects: Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, J. Q. Adams, Jackson, W. Harrison
  • First son of a President to become President.  George H.W. Bush is the only other.
  • Refused to take his oath of office upon a Bible stating that the Holy Book was for religious purposes only.
  • First to President without having won either the popular vote or most electoral college votes.  He was elected by the House of Representatives.
  • Weather permitting, he swam nude in the Potomac River every day.  A female reporter one day came down to the river and stole his clothes until he agreed to give her the first Presidential interview.
  • When he was Secretary of State, he negotiated the Adams-Onis Treaty that transferred Florida from Spain to the United States.
  • Only President to have silkworms or an alligator (kept in the bathroom) in the White House.  Also had installed the first pool table.
  • First President to be photographed
  • Adams spoke on behalf of the slaves of the Amistad before the U.S. Supreme Court.  As a thank you gift they gave him the Mendi Bible.
  • Famous quote:  “The four most miserable years of my life were my four years in the presidency.”

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