Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas.

PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES.
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. r'OHN QUINCY ADAMS,
.^ S / l: .the sixth President of the
*ll /l W United States, I825-'9,
M T I^ i Gwas born in the rural
home of his honored
father, John Adams, in
,A-} Q u in cy, Massachusetts,
Bl JulyI Ir 1767. His mother,
a woman of exalted worth,
-1/d watched over his childhood
S during the almost constant
,B)' absence of his father. He
commenced his education
at the village school, giving
s *^ at an early period indications
of superior mental endowments.
When eleven years of age he sailed with
his father for Europe, where the latter was
associated with Franklin and Lee as Minister
Plenipotentiary. The intelligence of John
Quincy attracted the attention of these men
and received from them flattering marks of
attention. Mr. Adams had scarcely returned
to this country in I779 ere he was again
sent abroad, and John Quincy again accompanied
him. On this voyage he commenced
a diary. which practice he continued, with
but few interruptions, until his death. He
journeyed with his father from Ferrol, in
Spain, to Paris. Here he applied himself
for six months to study; then accompanied

his father to Holland, where he entered;
first a school in Amsterdam, and then the
University of Leyden. In I781, when only
fourteen years of age, he was selected by
Mr. Dana, our Minister to the Russian
court, as his private secretary. In this
school of incessant labor he spent fourteen
months, and then returned alone to Holland
through Sweden, Denmark, Hamburg and
Bremen. Again he resumed his studies
under a private tutor, at The Hague.
In the spring of 1782 he accompanied his
father to Paris, forming acquaintance with
the most distinguished men on the Continent.
After a short visit to England, he returned
to Paris and studied until May,
1785, when he returned to America, leaving
his father an embassador at the court
of St. James. In I786 he entered the junior
class in Harvard University, and graduated
with the second honor of his class.
The oration he delivered on this occasion,
the "Importance of Public Faith to the
Well-being of a Community," was published-an
event very rare in this or any
other land.
Upon leaving college at the age of twenty
he studied law three years with the Hon.
Theophilus Parsons in Newburyport. In
I790 he opened a law office in Boston. The
profession was crowded with able men, and

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