06. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

Era of Good Feelings President (1815 - 1840)

Party: National Republican

Vice President – John C. Calhoun


  • “Corrupt Bargain” argued by Jacksonians that Adams bought Henry Clay’s electoral votes by making him Secretary of State
  • Attempted expansion of the American System blocked by Jacksonians
  • Highways and canals
  • Weather stations
  • Public buildings
  • National University
  • New York’s Erie Canal (a.k.a. “Clinton’s Ditch”) which connects the Great Lakes to the Hudson River; cuts shipping costs and increases calls for Federal efforts at internal improvements 1825
  • Election of 1828 introduces the electorate to “bare-knuckle politics”
  • Jackson accused of being the son of a prostitute
  • Adams accused of being a pimp for the Tsar of Russia


  • Attempt to purchase “Texas” from Mexico; Mexicans not interested
  • Tariff of Abominations 1828 is heavily criticized by southerners who begin talking about secession from the union in response

Cherokee Nation conflict in Georgia