John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams Abroad

Tracy and Holly at Adams National Historical Park. Insets: John Quincy Adams' presidential portrait by George Peter Alexander Healy and Louisa Catharine Adams' portrait by Gilbert Charles Stuart. Photo by Patrick Clapp, insets public domain

John Quincy Adams probably comes to mind as the son of second U.S. President John Adams, and the 6th president of the U.S. But he and his wife, Louisa Catharine Johnson Adams worked in the realm of international diplomacy for years before his presidency.

Special thanks to Adams National Historical Park for having us out to perform this episode live (though this version was recorded in-studio). We had an absolutely lovely time!

Tracy's Research:

  • Adams National Historical Park. “John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848).”
  • Adams National Historical Park. “Louisa Catherine Adams (1775 - 1852).”
  • Adams, Louisa Catherine. “A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams.” Edited by Margaret A. Hogan and C. James Taylor. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Cambridge. 2014.
  • Adams, Louisa Catherine. “Mrs. John Quincy Adams’s Narrative of a Journey from St. Petersburg to Paris in February, 1815,” Scribner’s Magazine, Vol. 34 (July-December 1903). Via
  • Bickham, Troy. “What did the Treaty of Ghent do? A look at the end of the War of 1812.” Oxford University Press Blog. 12/24/2014.
  • O’Brien, Michael. Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2010.
  • Office of the Historian. “Biographies of the Secretaries of State: John Quincy Adams (1767–1848).” U.S. State Department.
  • Russell, Greg. “John Quincy Adams and the Public Virtues of Diplomacy.” University of Missouri Press. 1995.
  • Selin, Shannon. “Louisa Adams, Social Charmer.”