Diplomat, Secretary of State, President of the United States
ADAMS, John Quincy. The Writings of John Quincy Adams. Edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1913-17.
First edition. Seven octavo volumes (8 3/8 x 5 3/8 in; 212 x 136 mm). Frontispieces.
Contemporary half Prussian blue morocco over cloth for Brentano's (stamp-signed) by an unidentified binder. Gilt-rolled raised bands. Gilt-rolled and ornamented compartments. With the bookplate of C[lyde].A. Bucklin. Offsets from frontispieces, an occasional small spot to cloth. Headcaps imperceptibly restored. Otherwise a bright, fine set.
Vol I. 1779-1796.
Vol II. 1796-1801.
Vol III. 1801-1810.
Vol IV. 1811-1813.
Vol V. 1814-1816.
Vol VI. 1816-1819.
Vol. VII. 1820-1823.
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth President of the United States (1825–1829). He served as American diplomat, Senator, and Congressional representative. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. Adams was the son of former President John Adams and Abigail Adams. As a diplomat, Adams played an important role in negotiating many international treaties, most notably the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. As Secretary of State, he negotiated with the United Kingdom over America's northern border with Canada, negotiated with Spain the annexation of Florida, and authored the Monroe Doctrine. Historians agree he was one of the greatest diplomats and secretaries of state in American history.[
As president, he sought to modernize the American economy and promoted education. Adams enacted a part of his agenda and paid off much of the national debt. He was stymied by a Congress controlled by his enemies, and his lack of patronage networks helped politicians eager to undercut him. He lost his 1828 bid for re-election to Andrew Jackson. In doing so, he became the first president since his father to serve a single term. Item #02173
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