John Quincy Adams was the son of Abigail and John Adams, the second President of the United States, so he was born into a very patriotic family in Massachusetts in 1767. He spent a significant portion of his early years traveling throughout Europe with his father, which made him well-suited to become Secretary of State. Yet, he was not popular as the sixth president of the United States. As his parents' oldest son, John Quincy was held to high standards and expected to set an example for his siblings.
The Adams Family
John Quincy Adams had one older sister, Abigail "Nabby," named after their mother. After John Quincy came another sister, Susanna, who died young in February 1770. His younger brothers, Charles and Thomas Boylston, were born in 1770 and 1772, respectively.
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- University of Virginia, Miller Center: American President: John Quincy Adams
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