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.”