Wednesday, December 1, 2010


John Quincy Adams was the first son of a President to also be elected President. He also was our only President to be elected to Congress after serving as President. As President, he regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. One of his most important acts as President was the creation of the Smithsonian Institution. John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts. His parents were John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, and Abigail Smith. From his father, John Quincy Adams shares a common ancestry from Henry Adams, a prominent early New England settler, with presidents Calvin Coolidge and William Howard Taft and from Hannah Bass with President Ulysses S. Grant. From his mother, Abigail Smith Adams, John Quincy Adams shares a common ancestry from Thomas Shephard and Ann Tying with President Franklin Roosevelt. He shares a common Cogswell ancestry with presidents Calvin Coolidge and John Adams. John Quincy Adams is also descended from Charlemagne and William "the Conqueror." For a detailed family tree, see