Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-presidential Life in Congress
Following his single term as President of the United States (1825–1829), John Quincy Adams, embittered by his loss to Andrew Jackson, boycotted his successor's inauguration, just as his father John Adams had done (the only two presidents ever to do so). Rather than retire, the sixty-two-year-old former president, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and Harvard professor was elected by his Massachusetts friends and neighbors to the House of Representatives to throw off the "incubus of Jacksonianism." It was the opening chapter in what was arguably the most remarkable post-presidency in American history.
In this engaging biography, historian Joseph Wheelan describes Adams's battles against the House Gag Rule that banished abolition petitions; the removal of Eastern Indian tribes; and the annexation of slave-holding Texas, while recounting his efforts to establish the Smithsonian Institution. As a "man of the whole country," Adams was not bound by political party, yet was reelected to the House eight times before collapsing at his "post of duty" on February 21, 1848, and then dying in the House Speaker's office. His funeral evoked the greatest public outpouring since Benjamin Franklin's death.
Mr. Adams's Last Crusadewill enlighten and delight anyone interested in American history.
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Review: Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: The Extraordinary Post-presidential Life of John Quincy AdamsUser Review - Pete Iseppi - Goodreads
John Quincy Adams was an amazing man. Considered by most to be a failure as our sixth President(and son of our second President) he refused to withdraw from the service of his country, and served as a ... Read full review
Review: Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: The Extraordinary Post-presidential Life of John Quincy AdamsUser Review - Dale - Goodreads
bI have found a new hero from history I've known about John Quincy Adams's post-Presidential career ever since I read Profiles In Courage by JFK many, many years ago. However, what I most remember ... Read full review
ONE Favored Son of the Revolution
TWO The Road to the Presidency
THREE An Agony of Mind
FOUR The Freshman Congressman
SEVEN Lightning Rod of Congress
EIGHT True and Honest Hearts Love You
NINE The Amistad