Death of John Quincy Adams

One of the most significant figures in the political history of the early republic was John Quincy Adams, who is closely associated with the old Hall of the House. In 1825 he was inaugurated the country's sixth president in the room and after leaving the White House he returned there as a congressman from the Plymouth district of Massachusetts, serving from 1831 until his death in 1848. On February 21, 1848, Adams was at his seat in the House Chamber when he voted a loud "no" to a resolution giving thanks to several generals for their service in the Mexican War. A few minutes later he collapsed. Adams was taken into the Rotunda and placed on a sofa in front of the east door in the hope that fresh air would revive him. Seeing no improvement, however, Adams was next taken into the speaker's office where he died two days later. His funeral was held in the House Chamber. One of the honorary pallbearers was a freshman congressman from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln.