Adams, John II

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Adams, John II Gender: M
born on 4 July 1803 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Quincy, Massachusetts, 42n15, 71w0
Timezone LMT m71w0 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 11°18' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 04°10 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 20°02'

John II Adams


American private secretary from a noted family. The second son of President John Quincy Adams and Louisa Adams, he is usually called John Adams II to distinguish him from President John Adams, his famous grandfather.

He studied at Harvard University, but was expelled during his senior year for participating in the 1823 student rebellion to protest the curriculum and living conditions at the university. He then studied law under his father, and when John Quincy Adams became President, his son served as his private secretary.

At a White House reception during the John Quincy Adams presidency, President Adams publicly insulted the wife of Russell Jarvis, an anti-Adams reporter for the Washington Daily Telegraph. Since the President was considered to be immune from a challenge, Jarvis attempted to initiate a duel with John Adams II, who had been at the reception. Jarvis's effort to provoke an incident led to a highly publicized fistfight in the Capitol Rotunda with Jarvis pulling the nose of, and slapping, the younger Adams. An investigating committee of the United States House of Representatives determined that Jarvis had initiated the attack, but took no other action. Louisa Adams always believed that the negative press generated by this incident, with John Adams II being accused of cowardice by newspaper editors who supported Andrew Jackson led to Adams' early demise

John Adams II, his older brother George and his younger brother Charles were all rivals for the same woman, their cousin Mary Catherine Hellen, who lived with the John Quincy Adams family after the death of her parents. In 1828 John married Mary Hellen at a ceremony in the White House, and both his brothers refused to attend. John Adams II and Mary Hellen were the parents of two daughters, Mary Louisa (December 2, 1828 - July 16, 1859) and Georgiana Frances (September 10, 1830 - November 20, 1839).

After his father left the White House, John attempted a career in business, including operating a Washington flour mill owned by his father. His lack of success and despondency over his brother George's alcoholism and 1829 suicide led to John's own descent into alcoholism. He died in Washington, D.C. on October 23, 1834.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Adams, John (born 30 October 1735)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes father's diary published on the Massachusetts Historical Society website: "[4 July 1803] a son, born at 3 o'clock this morning." [1].


  • Vocation : Business : Clerical/ Secretarial