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He was upset. Once again, it looked as if he had gotten an appointment because of his father. Shortly after the Adamses arrived in Berlin, Louisa had a miscarriage. Over the next two years, she would lose three more babies. On April 12, 1801, Louisa finally gave birth to a son, George Washington Adams. S. treaty with Prussia, there wasn’t much for John Quincy to do during his four years as minister. He studied German and began translating some books into English. He also began to think of translating as a new career.

Those are important words because when he was later elected to office, John Quincy refused to be bound by the wishes of his party. John Quincy returned to being a lawyer in Boston, but within a few months, he was a candidate for office. The Federalist Party asked him to run for the Massachusetts State Senate. He won the election and took office in May 1802. Why did he change his mind about a career in politics? Perhaps it was because he hated being a lawyer. Or perhaps it was because on some level, he actually enjoyed politics, viewing himself as a statesman who could make a difference in the world.

The Monroe Doctrine stated that the United States had never interfered in European affairs. Europe, therefore, PRESIDENT JOHN QUINCY ADAMS’S LEGACY Secretary of State Many historians regard John Quincy Adams as the greatest secretary of state in American history. A large expanse of land didn’t have to be occupied by only one nation—Adams had only to look at Europe, the continent he knew best, to see that. He envisioned the United States as a big country, running from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

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