John Quincy Adams
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John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was the sixth president of the United States and the son of one of the Founding Fathers John Adams. He was also very small even for the 19th century. He comes out as 'above average' on the Presidential Poll of Polls for mental compotence and below average if he takes his boots off.
'John Q' as he is usually called was never a strong party man. He moved from the Federalist party to the Democratic Party and eventually ended up as a American Whig party politician. He finished up on television as a pathologist.
'J.Q' owed his entire career to his father John Adams. When the latter got his first post-Revolutionary job as America's ambassador to England, little Johnny came along as his father's paper shuffler (officially 'secretary'). He became particularly obnoxious during the presidency of his father and expected to follow him one day. It took 24 years and a change of party to get there.
edit Joins the Democrats
Adams broke with the Federalists over their sneering about his lack of height and eventually the government of James Madison. He was tasked with the job of negotiating a peace treaty with Britain during the War of 1812. The Brits claimed they were only involved in the war to protect the local Indians living around Detroit. In actual fact they wanted to break up the USA and annex New England. End result was a status quo deal. Since the treaty was negotiated in Belgium, Adams stuffed his pockets full of chocolates and returned home.