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

Washington was imperfect. In strictly military terms, he does not merit comparisons that have sometimes been made between him and generals like Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, or Robert E. Lee. Yet he remains a remarkable man, one of those Tolstoyan figures whose acts determine the course of history. James Thomas Flexner has called him the indispensable man. Nobody — not Nathanael Green or Henry Knox, and certainly not Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or John Adams — united the military, political, and personal skills that made Washington unique ... without George Washington there could have been no victory in the Revolutionary War, no United States. As a soldier he was erratic but competent. As a man he was impulsive, vindictive, brave, hardworking, intelligent, and virtuous. And as a leader he was great. Those who mourned Washington’s passing in 1799 were right to regard him, for all his flaws, as the savior of his country.

Edward G. Lengel
General George Washington: A Military Life (2005)