John Quincy Adamss extraordinary life spanned the birth of a new nation to the first rumblings of civil war. As a young man, he witnessed his father, John Adams, make history as a founding father and one of the first U.S. representatives in Europe. Fluent in several languages, John Quincy Adams went on to become one of our nations greatest diplomats and secretaries of states. His innovative ideas about foreign policy and diplomacy led to the expansion of the United States and the development of the Monroe Doctrine. In 1824 he was elected president of the United States, the first son of a U.S. president to win that office. Although his one term ended in failure, he went on to become a well-respected U.S. congressman and a passionate spokesperson for the abolition of slavery. Follow his life and career in this comprehensive biography.