John Quincy Adams

Portrait by John Singleton Copley, 1796

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BORN:
11 July 1767 in the north precinct of Braintree, Massachusetts (now Quincy)
  DIED:
23 February 1848 at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Buried at Quincy, in a crypt at United First Parish Church.

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Mr. Adams is the most valuable public character we have abroad ... there remains no doubt in my mind that he will prove himself to be ablest, of all our diplomatic corps.

George Washington in a letter to John Adams, 1797

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The Revolutionary leaders never intended to create an original and peculiar indigenous culture. Despite all their talk of American exceptionalism and American virtue in contrast with European corruption, they were seeking not to cut themselves off from Europe’s cultural heritage but to embrace it and in fact to fulfill it. It is a mistake to view America’s post-Revolutionary emulation of Europe as a legacy of helpless dependence passed on from colonial days. Americans imitated European styles and forms not because in their naïveté they could nothing else but because they wanted to.... Their revolution was very much an international affair, an attempt to fulfill the cosmopolitan dreams of the Enlightenment.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)