John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States. He was one of the most brilliant, learned, and able men who has ever held high office in the nation. He played a major role in formulating the basic principles of American foreign policy. He was the first president in American history whose father John Adams had also held the office.
John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts. He was the eldest son in the family. At the time of his birth, his father, John Adams, was a prospering lawyer, and his mother, Abigail Smith Adams, was the daughter of an esteemed minister.
John received education at private schools in Paris, Leiden, and Amsterdam. In 1788, Adams went to Harvard College, and three years later opened his own law office in Boston.
On July 26, 1797 John married Louisa Catherine Johnson, a daughter of a wealthy merchant of tobacco from London.
Between 1797 and 1801 Adams served as minister to the Netherlands and then to Prussia.