Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Meet John Quincy Adams

In keeping with our One Book, One Town selection for 2009, we have invited former President Adams to speak at the Merrimack Library on Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm. Character actor Jim Cooke of Solo Together, will portray our sixth President, the eldest son of John and Abigail Adams. We will meet him during the last ten years of his life, as he sits for his official portrait.

John Quincy Adams was more than President of the United States. He was a brilliant diplomat who negotiated the treaty of Ghent that formally ended the American Revolution. He served as Secretary of State. He was our first Minister to Russia, and won election to both the Senate and House, the latter after Andrew Jackson defeated him for a second presidential term. In his later years, he adopted the abolitionist cause and successfully represented the imprisoned Africans who had commandeered the slave ship Amistad and won them their freedom.

Seating for this program is limited and registration is strongly recommended by calling 424-5021 or emailing.

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