John Quincy Adams Timeline
Timeline Description: John Quincy Adams was the sixth American president. He was the first president who ran and won as the son of a former president. His father was John Adams, the Founding Father and second American president.

Date Event
1767 John Quincy Adams' birth

John Quincy Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, to the former president, John Adams. The city was later named Quincy.
1775 Battle of Bunker Hill

Adams watched the Battle of Bunker Hill during the War for Independence from his family farm. He was only eight years old.
1781 John the traveler

John spent most of his youth traveling in Europe with his father, who was an American envoy in France and later the Netherlands. He also went to Russia, Finland, Sweden and more, and he learned many languages.
1799 John Quincy Adams the writer

John was well known for his obsessive writing in his diary. He started a diary in 1799 and continued it until he died.
1802 He becomes a US Senator

Adams was elected to the Senate after working as Minister to the Netherlands and the Berlin Legation. He served for several years before losing his spot.
1808 Minister to Russia

After his good work in the Netherlands and Berlin, President Madison appointed John Quincy Adams as Minister to Russia.
1814 Treaty of Ghent

Mr. Adams was the chief negotiator for the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812.
1815 Court of St. James

After the War of 1812 ended, Mr. Adams took up a post his father held at one time. He became minister to the Court of St. James.
1817 Adams comes home

In 1817, John Quincy Adams returned home to America. He was appointed as Secretary of State under President Monroe.
1819 Treaty of 1819

Mr. Adams worked closely with President Monroe to negotiate the Treaty of 1819, which secured the Florida areas from the Spanish.
1824 Adams become President

John Quincy Adams ran for president, but it wasn't an easy race. He finally beat out Andrew Jackson, but some people believed he cheated.
1828 The C&O Canal

Adams wanted to bring all the sections of America together, so he worked hard to build canals that would bridge different sections. His first canal was the C&O Canal in 1828.
1828 Adams loses the second election

Andrew Jackson ran against Adams in the next presidential election, and he accused Adams of being corrupt. Adams was defeated and he retired, but he didn't stay retired for long.
1831 House of Representatives

Adams was unexpectedly elected to the Plymouth, Massachusetts, House of Representatives. He served there for many years.
1848 John Quincy Adams dies

Mr. Adams passed away after a stroke in the House of Representatives. He was buried with his family at First Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts.