John Quincy Adams composed this poem, and wrote it out in his own hand. Signed at the conclusion by Adams.
The unframed document measures approximately 5.25″ x 5.5″.
Museum-quality frame included in price.
A beautiful piece.
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At 35, after earning his law degree and serving in several diplomatic positions, Adams was elected to the U.S. Senate. He later served as President Monroe’s secretary of state and helped shape the Monroe doctrine, which declared the Americas closed to European colonization. Adams’ 1824 presidential victory made him the first son of a president to also serve as one. During his term Adams promoted the arts and humanities as well as the idea of a national transportation network. Unfortunately his efforts were stymied by political factionalism and his 1828 presidential bid failed. However, rather than settling into quiet retirement, Adams served in the House of Representatives where he became a strong voice against slavery and a defender of the constitution. Despite declining health, Adams remained firmly in office and active in his personal life.
Adams enjoyed writing poetry. In fact, he recorded in his diary that Ellen and Sally Bruce, through their Congressman’s intervention, had asked for his autograph to which he responded with two poems that he composed in his spare time.
Although Adams hoped his poems one day might be collected and published, he “never deluded himself that he was a great or even a good poet, but he had a passion for poetry, and he could not stop writing” (ibid.).
Clearly written in dark ink; lightly folded and bottom left corner restored.
Brief verses by Adams are not uncommon, but full-length poems are.