The Children of John Quincy Adams

Portrait of John Quincy and Louisa Adams

John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States From 1825 until 1829. John Quincy Adams had a father who was also a president; John Adams was the second president of the United States, and his mother was First Lady Abigail Adams. John Quincy Adams is descended from a long line of New … Read more

The Presidency of John Quincy Adams

Portrait of John Quincy Adams

In the presidential election of 1824, John Quincy Adams narrowly defeated Andrew Jackson. Even though his ‘American System’ modernized the American economy, his support for a protective tariff and his tolerant attitude toward Native Americans forced him to resign after only one term. Adams experienced a consistent animosity from the Jacksonians in … Read more

The First Lady of John Quincy Adams

Portrait of Louisa Adams

Introduction Louisa Adams was born in London, England, and is the only First Lady of the United States who was not born in the United States. Her father was the American consul in London, and her mother, Catherine Nuth Johnson, was English. Her father was a Maryland businessman whose brother signed the … Read more

The Childhood and Education of John Quincy Adams

Portrait of Young John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams had an intriguing childhood as the son of John Adams, the second president of the United States, and the intellectual Abigail Adams.  John Quincy Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on July 11, 1767, and his parents’ eldest son. John Quincy Adams inherited his middle name from his maternal … Read more

The First Lady of James Madison

Portrait of Dolley Madison

Dolley Payne was born in the Quaker community of New Garden, North Carolina, in 1768. She was the first child of Virginians Mary Coles Payne and John Payne Jr., who had moved to North Carolina. Her mother had been a Quaker all her life. On the other hand, her father converted to … Read more

The Early Life and Education of James Madison

Portrait of Young James Madison

On March 16, 1751, James Madison, a founding father, author of the Constitution, and fourth President of the United States was born at his mother’s home at Port Conway, Virginia, near Fredericksburg, on the Rappahannock River. His parents, Nelly Conway Madison and James Madison, Sr., had no idea that their eldest son … Read more

Learn About these Famous Presidential Losers

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It seems that the famous proverb, “winning is not everything,” might be true if we follow the lives of some of the well-known US losing presidential candidates. There is always a considerable hue and cry about the ones that win the elections and occupy The Office for a good four years. Of … Read more

The Presidency of James Madison

Portrait of James Madison

As a former Thomas Jefferson’s secretary of state, James Madison was elected President of the United States in 1808. Increased tensions with Britain dominated his reign, contributing to the outbreak of the War of 1812 in the year of his reelection. James Madison was the fourth president of the United States. He … Read more

The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson believed that the government should be frugal in its expenditures. President Barack Obama advocated for “a wise and frugal government,” one that in his first inaugural address. He was successful in keeping government expenses to a minimum and taxes at a low level. To him, it was unacceptable for farmers … Read more

The Childhood of Thomas Jefferson

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

In Charlottesville, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson was the third of ten children born to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph on April 13, 1743. His father, a planter and surveyor by trade, was of Welsh ancestry. Jefferson’s family moved to Tuckahoe in 1745 and resided for seven years before returning to Albemarle County, where … Read more

The Brief Biography of Thomas Jefferson

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson served as the primary draftsman of the United States Declaration of Independence, as the nation’s first secretary of state, and as the nation’s second vice president during his time in the presidency (under John Adams). Jefferson continued to serve as the third president of the United States, during which he … Read more