John Quincy Adams

adams2July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848

John Quincy Adams was the 6th President of the United States. While his presidency was unremarkable, even by early standards, his life in national politics was certainly impactful. He is the only U.S. President to serve in the House of Representatives AFTER leaving the presidency. He represented Massachusetts in Washington D.C. for the final 17 years of his life. Prior to being elected President, he served in the U.S. Senate and as Secretary of State under James Monroe. Despite all of this, he is probably best remembered for his service and prowess as a foreign diplomat. He was instrumental in the treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Great Britain. Adams also worked to acquire Florida from Spain in 1819. In addition, he was one of the chief architects of the Monroe Doctrine, which put a stop to European colonization of the Americas. In his last years in Congress, Adams warned of the impending crisis that would arise as a result of the slavery issue. At the age of 78, Adams suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in the congressional chamber. He died two days later. He was buried in a temporary vault in Washington before being moved the the family plot in Quincy, MA…only to be moved again into the now expanded vault across the street he had originally built for his parents. So far, that move has stuck.


United First Parish Church – Quincy, MA

Specific Location

Basement vault specifically built for the Adamses; Give the nice ladies a few dollars, take the short tour of the church and pay your respects to both John Q., his wife and his father.



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