John Quincy Adams Divulged Intimate Secrets In His Diary That May Change How History Remembers Him

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Born just as America took steps toward independence, John Quincy Adams emerged into a rapidly changing world . And in 1825, he became president number six of the United States. Today, he is often remembered as a cold man totally lacking in charm – but his diaries reveal an altogether different character.

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Throughout Adams’ political career, he spoke out against slavery and was a proponent of free speech. But despite his admirable ideals – and obvious intelligence – he was not well-liked by his peers. And when his term was up 1829, the American public declined to re-elect him – only the second time that such a decision had been made.

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