1807 – He was born on the 18th of August in Boston, U.S.A.
1825 – He attended Boston Latin School and Harvard College, where he graduated.
1831 – He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
1835 – He served in the state senate for five years.
1846 – He founded and edited the journal Boston Whig.
1848 – He was the unsuccessful nominee of the Free Soil Party for Vice President of the United States.
1858 – As a Republican, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he chaired the
Committee on Manufactures.
1861 – He resigned to become Lincoln’s minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James (Britain).
1869 – He declined the presidency of Harvard University, but became one of its overseers.
1870 – He built the first presidential library in the United States, to honor his father John Quincy Adams.
1886 – He died on the 21st of November in Boston and was interred in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.