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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) [Signed engraving of John Quincy Adams]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02809 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Engraving Signed Date: 3 March 1842 Pagination: 1 engraving ; 12 x 9 cm.

Summary of Content: Engraved by Nathaniel Dearborn, a Boston engraver. Depicts Adams late in life. With the following note on verso: "Mr. Adams' autograph by himself on the 3rd March 1842. Obtained at the request of Mr. Cross by Judge Underwood of Ky." Possibly Joseph Rogers Underwood, a pro-slavery Whig, Unionist, and congressman from Kentucky.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Dearborn, Nathaniel, 1786-1852

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: ArtMusicTheaterFilmPresident

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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