Friday 30 September 2016

Naked POTUS, number 6: John Quincy Adams

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN

The sixth President of the United States, which is six more items of clothing than he is wearing, was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). Let's learn all about him.


Born 11th July 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts
Died 23rd February 1848, Washington D.C.

Presidential Term 4th March 1825 - 4th March 1829

John Quincy Adams was the son of John Adams, the second President of the United States. He was the first relative of a President to himself serve in that office. He spent much of his childhood in Europe, where his father was serving ambassadorial roles. He attended school in both Paris and Amsterdam. 

Quincy Adams' wife, Louisa Johnson Adams, was English. She remains the only non-US citizen to be the First Lady.

Perhaps owing to his background, Adams spent much of his early political career in Europe as the US Ambassador to the Netherlands. He also served as the chief negotiator for peace with the UK after the 1812 war.

Adams won one of the narrowest elections in American history. With electoral college votes tied, the decision on who the President would be fell to the House of Representatives. Some behind the scenes horse trading saw Adams get the nod from Andrew Jackson, despite Jackson winning more of the popular vote. This came to be known as the Corrupt Bargain.

As a result of the means of his election, Adams was a dead duck President, largely unable to get through any of his legislation due to a lack of support. He followed in his father's footsteps and became the second single-term President of the US. 

John Quincy Adams is the only US President to serve in the US Congress after his Presidency.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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