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John Quincy Adams: A Resource Guide

Serving as the sixth U.S. president from 1825-1829, John Quincy Adams spent his career in public service, both domestically and overseas. This guide provides access to primary source digital materials, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with John Quincy Adams. Born in Massachusetts in 1767, John Quincy Adams was the eldest son of John and Abigail Adams. He began his long career in public service as a diplomat and then went on to serve in the Massachusetts State Senate (1802-03), the U.S. Senate (1803-08) and U.S. House of Representatives (1831-48). He also served as the secretary of state (1817-25) during the James Monroe Administration. In 1824, Adams ran for president and came in second to Andrew Jackson in the electoral vote. However, since no candidate received a majority of the Electoral College vote, the election was decided by the House of Representatives as stipulated in the U.S. Constitution. John Quincy Adams was elected president by the House of Representatives on February 9, 1825.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to John Quincy Adams such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on John Quincy Adams and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.