08- Secretary of State John Quincy Adams


The John Quincy Adams mug is part of a biographical series profiling individuals who served as the U.S. Secretary of State.  An image of John Quincy Adams and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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John Quincy Adams was a son of former President John Adams.  Before his election to the presidency, he served as a diplomat and senator.  As president, he promoted education, sought to modernize the economy and paid off much of the national debt.  On other issues, he was stymied by enemies in Congress and his lack of patronage networks.  He lost his 1828 bid for re-election to Andrew Jackson.  After leaving office, John Quincy Adams served the last 17 years of his life with great distinction as a U.S. Representative to the House from Massachusetts.  Adams was opposed to slavery predicting that if a civil war broke out the president had the power to abolish slavery using his war powers.

The secretary of state was created as part of the president’s cabinet beginning with the administration of George Washington.  Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisers, in the form of the attorney general, secretary of the treasury, secretary of state, and secretary of war.  Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers.  Members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  The secretary of state is regarded as the most senior position in the Cabinet and is fourth in the line of succession to the president.

This John Quincy Adams history mug is part of our Secretary of State series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of State.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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