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The Last Words of John Quincy Adams

The last words of John Qunicy Adams

John Quincy Adams was the son of Abigail Adams and U.S. President John Adams. He became the sixth President of the United States - in office from 1825 to 1829.

His last words, spoken on collapsing in the U.S. Senate, 21 February 1848, two days before he died, were:

This, is the last of Earth. I am content.

Source: The Truly Great: A Discourse Appropriate to the Life and Character of John Qunicey Adams, Edwin Chapin, 1848.

Background to John Quincy Adams' last words

In 1829, Adams was unexpectedly elected to serve as a member of the House of Representatives - the only ex-president to do this. He collapsed on the floor of the House with a stroke in 1848. He was carried to the Speaker's Room and died there two days later. His final words have also been recorded as:

"This is the end of the earth, but I am composed".