first President who was the son of a President, John Quincy Adams in
many respects paralleled the career as well as the temperament and
viewpoints of his illustrious father. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts,
in 1767, he watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn's
Hill above the family farm. As secretary to his father in Europe, he
became an accomplished linguist and assiduous diarist.
After graduating from Harvard College, he became a lawyer. At age 26 he
was appointed Minister to the Netherlands, then promoted to the Berlin
Legation. In 1802 he was elected to the United States Senate. Six years
later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia.
Serving under President Monroe, Adams was one of America's great
Secretaries of State, arranging with England for the joint occupation of
the Oregon country, obtaining from Spain the cession of the Florida's,
and formulating with the President the Monroe Doctrine.
1 page Document – Signed and Dated: August
Joseph Story was born
at Marblehead, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale in 1798, was
admitted to the bar at Salem, Mass., in 1801, and soon attained eminence
in his profession. He was a member of the Democratic party and served in
the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1805-1808 and in 1810-1812
for two terms as speaker and was a representative in Congress from
December 1808 to March 1809.
In November 1811, at the age of thirty-two, he became, by President
Madison's appointment, the youngest appointed Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of the United States. This position he retained until his
death. Here he found his true sphere of work. The traditions of the
American people, their strong prejudice for the local supremacy of the
states and against a centralized government, had yielded reluctantly to
the establishment of the Federal legislative and executive in 1789. The
Federal judiciary had been organized at the same time but had never
grasped the full measure of its powers.
Soon after Story's appointment the Supreme Court began to bring out into
plain view the powers which the United States Constitution had given it
over state courts and state legislation. The leading place in this work
belongs to Chief Justice John Marshall, but Story has a very large share
in that remarkable series of decisions and opinions, from 1812 until
1832, by which the work was accomplished. In addition to this he built
up the department of admiralty law in the United States federal courts;
he devoted much attention to equity jurisprudence and rendered
invaluable services to the department of patent law. In 1819 he
attracted much attention by his vigorous charges to grand juries,
denouncing the slave trade and in 1820 he was a prominent member of the
Massachusetts Convention called to revise the state constitution.
signed by John Quincy Adams two times as Secretary of State, one sheet
folded to form four pages, each page measuring 8" wide x 10" tall (203mm
x 252mm). Printed Resolution and signature on one page. On another page
is the address panel with J.Q. Adams' Free Frank signature and the words
"Dept. of State" and a Postal
Handstamp "FREE" in black as well as a red wax seal with another J.Q. Adams signature, in
likely another hand, possibly a docketing notation. The Letter is
addressed to Joseph Storey, Esq., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
of the United States, Salem Mass.
Very good, bold dark signatures of Adams. A slight tear in
left margin where wax seal was broken not affecting printed document or signature.
One slight oxidized word penetration on address panel away from
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