1. John Quincy Adams took early-morning walks, and if the weather was good he liked to swim, naked because why not, in a tributary to the Potomac river.
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5. John Quincy Adams realized that this might allow the United States to realize his dream of building a national institution of science and learning.
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8. John Quincy Adams went before the Supreme Court on behalf of African slaves who had revolted and seized the Spanish ship Amistad.
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12. John Quincy Adams generally opposed the initiatives of his President Van Buren, long a political adversary, though they maintained a cordial public relationship.
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13. John Quincy Adams was nearly elected to the Senate in 1835 by a coalition of Anti-Masons and National Republicans, but his support for Jackson in a minor foreign policy matter annoyed National Republican leaders enough that they dropped their support for his candidacy.
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15. John Quincy Adams led passage of the Tariff of 1832, which lowered rates somewhat, but not enough to mollify the South Carolina nullifiers.
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18. John Quincy Adams sought the gradual assimilation of Native Americans via consensual agreements, a priority shared by few whites in the 1820s.
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20. Aside from Clay, John Quincy Adams lacked strong supporters outside of the North, and Edward Everett, John Taylor, and Daniel Webster served as his strongest advocates in Congress.
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24. John Quincy Adams chose Henry Clay as Secretary of State, angering those who believed that Clay had offered his support in the 1824 election for the most prestigious position in the cabinet.
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26. John Quincy Adams won the House delegations of all the states in which he or Clay had won a majority of the electoral votes, as well as the delegations of Illinois, Louisiana, and Maryland.
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28. John Quincy Adams met with Federalists like Daniel Webster, promising that he would not deny governmental positions to members of their party.
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32. When John Quincy Adams took office, Spanish possessions bordered the United States to the South and West.
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37. John Quincy Adams had long feared that the United States would enter a war it could not win against Britain, and by early 1812 he saw such a war as inevitable due to the constant British attacks on American shipping and the British practice of impressment.
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38. From his diplomatic post, John Quincy Adams observed the French Emperor Napoleon's invasion of Russia, which ended in defeat for the French.
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43. John Quincy Adams was the lone Federalist in Congress to vote for the Non-importation Act of 1806, which was designed to punish Britain for its attacks on American shipping in the midst of the ongoing Napoleonic Wars.
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49. John Quincy Adams initially opposed the ratification of the United States Constitution, but he ultimately came to accept the document, and in 1789 his father was elected as the first Vice President of the United States.
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50. With his father's encouragement, John Quincy Adams would translate classical authors like Virgil, Horace, Plutarch, and Aristotle.
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53. President John Quincy Adams called for an ambitious agenda that included federally-funded infrastructure projects, the establishment of a national university, and engagement with the countries of Latin America, but many of his initiatives were defeated in Congress.
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55. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, John Quincy Adams spent much of his youth in Europe, where his father served as a diplomat.
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