John Quincy Adams: Commemoration of Great Events in Early American History

Between the years of 1825 to 1829, John Quincy Adams made an impact on early American society as the sixth President of the United States. He was a member of the Senate, and also served as Secretary of State and a Congressional representative during his life. His diplomatic skills and composure was something to be respected by his peers, for he negotiated in many foreign policies that, in some cases, ended wars (most notable: Treaty of Ghent which ended the War of 1812). John Quincy Adams as President sought to commit America’s republican values into the government and further showed himself as a moral obligator which the people could see as a trustworthy and credible leader. Adams modernized the American economy and helped create a more mass media feel to the government and how it interacted with the governed. Technological advances were underway in communication and thus helps spread ideas of party politics, social reform, and religious awakening which in turn helped Adams’ ideals flourish through society. Adams was an advent believer in moral integrity and thought that everyone deserved an equal opportunity; he is known to be an opponent against slavery and is said to have predicted the abolition movement in the following years to come.

well although John Quincy Adams’ life is venerated in many different ways, today we look at the Executive Order that was issued in July of 1826 over the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. (, And the Oration given by Adams at Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1837 on the sixty-first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence to commemorate the joyous occasion.

John Quincy Adams’ father, John Adams had also served as President for a term and had passed away on July 4th of 1826 during the presidency of his son, John Quincy. Furthermore, July 4th was the same day that former President Thomas Jefferson had also died. Both former Presidents and friends, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, made such an huge impact on early American thought and gave clear understanding of how government should be operated and viewed. These incredible men only died hours apart and their passing was an event that everyone mourned.

Thus after a few days of mourning, it was up to John Quincy Adams to address the nation and he released an executive order which hitherto resonated the mourning that was taking place for the two Founders of the Republic, the Patriarchs of Liberty. Adams wrote in the Executive Order that the two founders “had a prophetic eye he [John Adams] looked through the impending difficulties of the Revolution and foretold with what demonstrations of joy the anniversary of the birth of American freedom would be hailed. He (John Adams) was permitted to behold the verification of his prophecy, and died, as did Jefferson, on the day of the jubilee.” John Quincy Adams continues saying “a coincidence of circumstances so wonderful gives confidence to the belief that their deaths were Heaven directed.” John Quincy Adams continues to speak very highly of his father and Jefferson, it address near the end that a day of rest be given on Tuesday succeeding the arrival of this order, the national flag shall wave at half-mast, and guns will be fired in their honor.

Adams Oration at Newburyport, Massachusetts was taken very well by the community. In 1837, Adams delivered his oration on the sixty first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and brought forth the point that America is driven by Divine Providence. He begins his oration with a question, why have you assembled here today (July 4th, 1837)? A quite easy question, yet Adams take it from a different perspective. Adams ask a different question, why is it that, next to the birth day of God, your most joyous and most venerated festival is the independence of America? and why is that so many of you follow the dictation of religious principle? is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the savior? Adams continues to describe how the Declaration is two-fold and that it is indeed God-driven. Adams goes into detail of how the Law of Nature and Nature’s God had been ordained, and that the people of the nation are One and should “justify before the tribunal of public opinion, throughout the world, the solemn act of separation of the one (America) people from the other (Britain). Moreover, Adams goes on to show the entitlement of the American people, as well as show biblical citations to back up his claim of America’s gospel dispensation.

John Quincy Adams use of words sparks emotions in the on-listeners and readers, and with his addresses, he is able to depict America as an integral light.

John Quincy Adams’ Executive Order
John Quincy Adams’ Oration at Newburyport, Mass.


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