Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-presidential Life in Congress

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PublicAffairs, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 309 pages
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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 Crusade will 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 Adams

User Review  - Nancy Bekofske - Goodreads

I have become a huge John Quincy fan, and the more I learn about him the more impressed I become. When I found Mr Adam's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adam's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in ... Read full review

Review: Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: The Extraordinary Post-presidential Life of John Quincy Adams

User Review  - Paulrus - Goodreads

Interesting description of Adams' post-presidential career. Favorable treatment; would be interesting to pair this with something that spends more time on his presidency to get a more balanced view. Read full review

Contents

ONE Favored Son of the Revolution
1
TWO The Road to the Presidency
27
THREE An Agony of Mind
37
FOUR The Freshman Congressman
67
SEVEN Lightning Rod of Congress
129
EIGHT True and Honest Hearts Love You
145
NINE The Amistad
163
ELEVEN Triumph
205
TWELVE A New War and Decline
225
Epilogue
253
Bibliography
261
Notes
269
Index
293
Acknowledgments
307
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Joseph Wheelan, a former Associated Press reporter and editor, is the author of Invading Mexico: America's Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846–1848, Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror, 1801- 1805, and Jefferson's Vendetta: The Pursuit of Aaron Burr and the Judiciary. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

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