Tom Rowe's Reviews > John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life

John Quincy Adams by Paul C. Nagel
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Aug 08, 11

bookshelves: biography, president
Read from August 07 to 08, 2011 — I own a copy

Here's a sci fi connection for you. JQA wanted to build the first observatory in the states. I didn't know anything about JQA before except for the movie Amistad. He was an interesting guy. His presidency was the least interesting part of his life. He was central to getting the Smithsonian Institution off the ground. He was a linguist and poet. He seemed to always be afraid of not living up to his own expectations.
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