1764 John marries Abigail Smith/1767 First son, John Quincy, born/ 1770 Defends British troops in "The Boston Massacre" trials/ 1774 Elected to the Continental Congress/1775 Proposes George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army/1776 Appointed President of the Board of War and Ordnance. Appointed with Jefferson, Franklin, Sherman, Livingston to draft the Declaration of Independence/ 1777 Elected Joint Commissioner to France/1779 Drafts Constitution of Massachusetts/1782 Obtains recognition and first loan to U.S. from Netherlands/1783 Signs Peace Treaty with Great Britain/1785 First American Minister to Great Britain/1789 First VicePresident/1797 Second President/1800 First occupant of the White House/1826 Dies on 50th Anniversary of Declaration of Independence.
1778 John Quincy travels with his father to Europe/1781 Secretary and interpreter to first U.S. Representative to Russia/1794 Minister to the Netherlands/ 1797 Marries Louisa Catherine Johnson in England. Minister to Prussia/ 1802 Elected to Massachusetts State Senate/1803 Elected to U.S. Senate/1807 Third son, Charles Francis, born/1809 Minister to Russia/ 1814 Heads U.S. delegation at Ghent negotiating peace treaty with Great Britain/ 1815 Minister to Great Britain/1817 Secretary of State to President James Monroe/ 1825 Elected sixth President by the House of Representatives/1830 Elected to House of Representatives/1835 Becomes Chairman of Committee to administer Smithson bequest/1836 Begins long struggle for right of popular petition on slavery and the slave trade/1841 Successfully defends before the Supreme Court captive Africans who seized schooner Amistad/1846 Votes against declaration of war with Mexico/1848 Dies in Speaker's Room after collapse in House of Representatives.
1809 Charles Francis travels with parents to St. Petersburg/1829 Marries Abigail Brooks, daughter of Peter Brooks, one of the richest men in Boston/1840 elected to Massachusetts Legislature and actively opposes slavery/1848 nominated as Vice-President by "Free Soil" Party and becomes a representative of the "Conscience Whigs" -- the "Lords of the Loom" who oppose the "Lords of the Lash"/1858 elected as a Republican to House of Representatives/1860 supports Seward's candidacy but campaigned for Lincoln after his nomination/1861 appointed Minister to Great Britain during Civil War and negotiates in London with Foreign Minister John Russell/1872 and 1876 declines to be considered for Presidential nomination/ 1873 elected president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences/ children include the 3 youngest that he took to London: Mary, Henry, Brooks, leaving the older son Charles II in America.