U.S. President 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. John Quincy Adams lost his 1828 bid for re-election to Andrew Jackson. After leaving office, he 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.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive and the judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law, appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The John Quincy Adams biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. 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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