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John Quincy Adams Essay

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John Quincy Adams was a major influence in the history of the United States. John Quincy took part in more important events, and held more important positions than any person in United States history. Some of the important positions he held were he was American Ministers to four different European Countries (Hague, Prussia, Russia and England), a State Senator representing Massachusetts, peace negotiator to England, a member of the House of Representatives, Secretary of the State, and President of the United States. John Quincy followed in the footsteps of his father John Adams, when he became President of the United States, but both father and son failed to win their second term as President. Although he had many successes he viewed himself as a disappointment. He did have many accomplishments during his career, but he also had a few downfalls and failures during his career. John Quincy was not the most liked person in the country, but he stood up for what he thought and believed in.

	There was a time in the early stage of John Quincy Adams' career when he was a Senator, when many Senators careers would end because they did not follow the thought of their constituents. By this time Senate was to be a more executive council than a legislative body. If they became more of a executive council they would help advise the President. Senate was an executive council to the President for a while, until the Federalist Party didn't agree on foreign policy, and many more political issues came up. Senate started criticizing the Executive Branch, this led the Senate to becoming a more legislative body as the time went by. Now the Cabinet has the job to advise and listen to the President.

	John Quincy Adams had successful career because he made a big impact and made things happen when he was in Senate. John Quincy won a seat in the United States Senate representing Massachusetts, he won the position due to support of Federalists leaders. John was expected to carry on the interests of New England and the Federalist Party. He did anything but that. John Quincy was the only Federalist to vote in favor of the Louisiana Purchase, that was proposed by President Thomas Jefferson, to buy a big piece of land from the French in 1908. When John Quincy had to say something about a certain subject he said it, no matter what his peers said. John Quincy had a big role in the problem with foreign policies. Great Britain seized many of our ships and cargoes, the...

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