The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president's term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of John Quincy Adams, beginning with his childhood in Quincy, Massachusetts. Information about Adams's education at Harvard College and his early career as a lawyer is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life, as well as his retirement years as a congressman is highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Adams's childhood during the American Revolution and his political career as a Massachusetts state senator, secretary of state, and minister to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia and Great Britain. Finally, students will explore key events from Democratic-Republican president Adams's administration, including extending the Cumberland Road into Ohio. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students' fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.