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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| Adams, Abigail | Adams, John

America had a common language, unlike the European nations, none of which was linguistically homogeneous. in 1789 the majority of Frenchmen did not speak French but were divided by a variety of provincial patois. Englishmen from Yorkshire were incomprehensible to those from Cornwall and vice versa. By contrast, Americans could understand one another from Maine to Georgia. It was very obvious why this should be so, said John Witherspoon, president of Princeton. Since Americans were much more unsettled, and move frequently from place to place, they are not as liable to local peculiarities, either in accent or phraseology.

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