John Quincy Adams was a son of former President John Adams. Before his election to the presidency, he served as a diplomat and as a Senator from Massachusetts. 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 United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
John Quincy Adams was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
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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