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John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Lifeby Paul C Nagel
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John Quincy Adams was raised, educated, and groomed to be President, following in the footsteps of his father, John. At fourteen he was secretary to the Minister to Russia and, later, was himself Minister to the Netherlands and Prussia. He was U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and then President for one ill-fated term. His private life showed a parallel descent. He was a poet, writer, critic, and Professor of Oratory at Harvard. He married a talented and engaging Southerner, but two of his three sons were disappointments. This polymath and troubled man, caught up in both a democratic age not to his understanding and the furies of passion, was an American lion in winter.
This is a biography of John Quincy Adams. He was raised, educated, and groomed to be President of the USA, following in the footsteps of his father, John. At 14 he was secretary to the Minister of Russia. He was US Senator, Secretary of State, and eventually an ill-fated President.
1997 Colonial Dames of America Book Award, Colonial Dames of America Society
About the Author
Paul C. Nagel is former Director of the Virginia Historical Society, a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a cultural laureate of Virginia, and a contributing editor of American Heritage.
Table of Contents
BOOK ONE: FACING EXPECTATIONS, 1767-1794
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