John Quincy Adams
WHO HE WAS:
John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. Son of the second president, John Adams, his career was distinguished by his roles as diplomat, Senator, and as a leading advocate for national infrastructure projects and education.
WHAT HE SAID:
"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy."
WHY HE MATTERED:
Adams was instrumental in shaping U.S. foreign policy, including the formulation of the Monroe Doctrine. As President, his vision of a strong federal government supporting economic development set a foundation for future American growth.