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Today in history: July 11
On this day 246 years ago, America's sixth president was born
John Quincy Adams: Congressman, senator, and president.
John Quincy Adams: Congressman, senator, and president. National Archives/Newsmakers

July 11, 1767: John Quincy Adams was born. He was the 6th president, serving from 1825-1829. Adams, the son of America's second president, John Adams, became president even though in the 1824 election, he lost both the popular vote and electoral college to Andrew Jackson. How? Because the 1824 election was a four-man race, Jackson won the most electoral votes (a plurality) but didn't have a majority of them as required by the Constitution. So the House of Representatives decided. Ironically, after Adams became president, he hated it, calling the presidency the "four most miserable years of my life." After the White House, he served in the House of Representatives for 17 years. Adams had previously been a U.S. senator as well.

Quote of the Day

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." -John Quincy Adams

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