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Sixth President John Quincy Adams Watercolor & Ink Portrait

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c. 1825 President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) Original Watercolor & Ink Painting Oval Portrait in Profile, Framed, Choice Extremely Fine.

An impressive 7.5" x 9.5" Oval Ink & Watercolor Portrait of the Sixth President of the United States shown facing left, against a black background, nicely matted and framed to an overall size of 9" x 10.75". Appears to be housed in a period gold-gilt oval wooden frame, only slight wear in overall choice condition. This painting is not signed or dated, yet appears likely accomplished during John Quincy Adams' term of office as president (1825 to 1829). It is similar to portraits done by members of the Sharples family. The colors are bold and provide excellent eye appeal. Ready to hang on display.
John Quincy Adams was the Sixth President of the United States, serving from 1825 to 1829.

John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767, in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts, to John Adams and Abigail Adams. His father, John Adams, was the Second President of the United States. Adams grew up in a politically active family and received a rigorous education, attending Harvard College at the age of 14.

Adams embarked on a distinguished diplomatic career, serving as a minister to several European countries, including the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. He played a crucial role in negotiating the “Treaty of Ghent”, which ended the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.

Prior to becoming President, Adams served as Secretary of State under President James Monroe from 1817 to 1825. As Secretary of State, Adams played a key role in formulating the Monroe Doctrine, which declared that European powers should not interfere in the affairs of the independent nations of the Americas.

The presidential lection of 1824 was a contentious one, with four candidates running for president: Adams, Andrew Jackson, William Crawford, and Henry Clay. Adams won the presidency in a disputed election that was ultimately decided by the House of Representatives.

As President, Adams faced challenges in dealing with a divided Congress and opposition from supporters of Andrew Jackson. His presidency was marked by efforts to promote internal improvements such as roads and canals, as well as support for scientific exploration and education.

Adams was defeated in his bid for reelection in 1828 by Andrew Jackson, who portrayed him as an out-of-touch elitist. Adams returned to Massachusetts after his presidency and served in the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death.

Despite facing criticism during his presidency, Adams is remembered as a principled and dedicated public servant. He was a staunch opponent of slavery and took bold stances against it throughout his career. His diplomatic achievements and contributions to American foreign policy are also widely recognized.

John Quincy Adams died on February 23, 1848, in Washington, D.C. He left behind a legacy of public service and dedication to the principles of democracy and diplomacy.
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