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John Quincy Adams' Legislative Proposals

John Quincy Adams' proposals indicate clearly that he achieved the presidency too late. His ideas were a strong statement of Federalism, but the 1820s was an age of states’ rights. His program would no doubt have pleased Alexander Hamilton; it included the following:

  • maintaining a strong Bank of the United States
  • funding a federal role in education
  • strengthening of the army and navy
  • establishing a naval academy
  • protecting the rights of Native Americans
  • funding scientific expeditions.
The Adams program encountered a dead-end in Congress where the Jacksonian forces were still smarting from the “Corrupt Bargain.”