John Quincy Adams President Report Essay

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2011 Asiris Rodriguez US History 3rd period 12/12/2011 President Report Asiris Rodriguez Mark Lamb U.S. History 12 December 2011 John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams was the son of former president John Adams and, much like his father, was a cold, stern man. Before becoming president of the United States, he was secretary of state, which is well known for being a stepping stone to the presidency. He was brilliant with foreign affairs and was one of the most successful secretaries of state of all time. Surprisingly, he was not a successful president. People called him the “minority president,” and accused him of usurpation after the infamous “corrupt bargain” he made with Henry Clay when Adams was selected to be president in return…show more content…
His father was a tavern keeper and he worked at the tavern and attended a small local school. Finished with formal education by the age of 14, He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1803. Van Buren became a lawyer in 1803. In 1812, he was elected a New York State Senator. Consequently, he was then elected to the US Senate in 1821 and worked while Senator to support Andrew Jackson in the Election of 1828. He held the seat of New York Governor for only three months in 1829 before becoming Jackson's Secretary of State (1829-31), and as time proceeded became Jackson's Vice President during his second term (1833-37). Van Buren was nominated to be President by the Democrats in 1836. Richard Johnson was his Vice Presidential nominee. He was not opposed by a single candidate. Instead, the newly created Whig Party came up with a strategy to throw the election into the House where they felt they could have a better chance of winning. They chose three candidates who they felt could do well in particular regions. Van Buren won 170 out of 294 electoral votes to win the presidency. The popular vote was unattainable and not likely to tie with the other four candidates: William Harrison, Hugh L. White, Daniel Webster, and Willie P.
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