• John Quincy Adams
    G. P. A. Healy
    official portrait
    This oil on canvas painting of President John Quincy Adams was done by George Peter Alexander Healy. Healy was one of the most popular and prolific portraitists of the mid-nineteenth century. John Quincy Adams was the son of President John Adams and First Lady Abigail Adams. Prior to his presidency, Quincy Adams was a diplomat to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and the United Kingdom. He served as Secretary of State under President James Monroe and is the only president who went on to serve in the House of Representatives after being president. Adams represented his home state, Massachusetts, in the House.
  • Tiber Creek: The Bathers: John Quincy Adams Takes a Deadly Chance
    Peter Waddell
    south view
    This oil painting by artist Peter Waddell depicts a historical scene that occurred during John Quincy Adams' presidency. Adams liked to swim in the Tiber River, which ran to the south of the White House where Constitution Avenue is today. On June 13, 1825, Adams ventured to the river with his son John and his servant Antoine Michel Giusta. Adams and Giusta climbed into a small canoe. The leaky canoe quickly began to fill with water and was swept out toward the Potomac River. Adams survived the incident, thanks to the assistance of his servant; in his diary he noted: "By the mercy of God our lives were spared, and no injury befell our persons." Waddell conducted in depth historical research before painting the scene, which he completed in 2009 during Barack Obama's administration. This image is a different version of the painting than the one in 9390. ***Interior use only for publications***
  • John Quincy Adams
    Gilbert Stuart
    This portrait of John Quincy Adams, son of America's second president John Adams, was painted by renowned portraitist Gilbert Stuart in 1818. At the time, the younger Adams served as President James Monroe's secretary of state. Adams became president on March 4, 1825 and served until March 4, 1829. He is one of only two Presidents, along with Andrew Johnson, to serve in Congress after he left the White House. Adams served in the U. S. House of Representatives.