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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 20:34:41 EDT
Feb 23, 1848 Washington, D.C.
" John Quincy Adams, 80, sixth US President, died following a stroke. Unlike
other presidents, he returned to the legislative branch after being chief
executive. While debating in the House of Representatives, he suffered a stroke.
The issue was a resolution calling for the presentation of ceremonial swords
to officers who were veterans of the Mexican-American War. Adams had
condemned the war as a device for extending the domain of slavery, so when the voice
vote was called, he shouted "NO." Suddenly he collapsed. He was carried to
the Rotunda, where he roused, thanked his bearers, then fell into a coma. His
doctors tried to revive him with mustard plasters, leeches, and cupping, a
technique whereby a wine glass is made to suck upon the flesh by lighting a
fire in the glass and pressing it against the skin. Perhaps these ministrations,
or pain they caused, were effective. Adams revived for a few moments that
night and mumbled, " This is the last of earth. I am content." He fell back
into a coma and died two days later on this date.
John Quincy Adams was a short, stout, bald, brilliant and puritanical twig
off a short, stout, bald, brilliant, and puritanical tree, according to
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, " He is an old roue, who cannot live on slops but
must have sulfuric acid in his tea."
Adams said of himself, " I am a man of reserved, cold and forbidding
Adams was the only president to be a son of a former president. His father
was John Adams.
Until the present President Bush."