Thursday, December 17, 2020

Quincy, Massachusetts

December 17, 2020

Good morning.  Gosh, I realize that Christmas is not far off, but I looked at my calendar this morning and realized that it's only ONE WEEK away.  Just one week!  Wow, that happened really fast!

Did any of you get much snow from this latest storm?  We got lots of it.  When I look out my door, it looks like at least ten or twelve inches.  But, I really don't know for sure.  There could be more, it's still snowing.  Joe is out there trying to move a lot of the snow somewhere out of the way.  

Today I thought I'd share some information about a man who was born and grew up in the same city as I did.  Quincy, Massachusetts.  His name is John Quincy Adams, and he was our sixth president.

He was born in 1767, and believed in God, hard work, education, honor and American prominence.  He was perhaps our greatest secretary of state, and as a US representative from Massachusetts, his willingness to speak up and oppose the expansion of slavery helped pave the way for the emergence of Lincoln and the Republican Party.

Adams went on his first oversea government mission with his father, John Adams, at age eleven.  At age fourteen, partially due to his foreign language fluency, Adams received his first official government posting and was sent as a secretary on a mission to Russia.  He eventually mastered at least six languages.  In his lifetime, he served many political posts, as well as President of the United States.  

In 1830, Adams ran for the House of Representatives, becoming the only former President to serve there.  During this House tenure, one Virginia congressman referred to Adams as "the acutest, the astutest, the archest enemy of Southern slavery that ever existed."

In 1848, Adams collapsed on the floor of the House, dying two days later.  Present when he collapsed and serving on the committee of arrangement for Adams's funeral was a freshman representative from Illinois.  His name was Abraham Lincoln.
(information from AMAC magazine)

John Quincy Adams life was very interesting and worth researching if you'd like to know more about him.  His father, President John Adams, (second President of the United States) was also born in this same city of Quincy, Massachusetts.  

I hope you enjoyed this.  Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.


kyra said...

I love bits of history, I just wished I could really remember all of it and have it on a shelf in my brain to pick up when needed. !

It was a quiet day today, did some bits here and there and took it easy. Tmorrow have to get up very early and then have my cataract done with. So tomorrow will be a day of catching up some sleep after I get back home again LOL.

No snow here, quiet weather with temps of around 10C. Wonderful.
Have a fantastic day,

Suemn said...

Wow! I found that interesting to hear of John Quincy Adams serving in the House of Representatives after being President.

Rob said...

No sign of any snow here where I live in Yorkshire UK. I guess it wouldn't bother me too much as I don't plan on going far.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for the history lesson, Edna. yes, we also got a LOT of snow here in Nashua and it looked so pretty from inside looking out today. Thankfully, we had nowhere to go and all day to get there. I made stew in the crockpot today and will start popovers soon.