Thursday, August 20, 2009

John Quincy Adams Twitters His Way to St. Petersburg

On August 5, 1809, John Quincy Adams, future president, and son of a former president, set sail from Boston on his way to St. Petersburg. President James Madison had appointed Adams minister plenipotentiary to Russia. Like most learned men of that time, Adams kept a journal of his activities (like a blog) with lengthy descriptions of this thoughts and activities. In addition, he also kept a ledger with brief one-line-a-day entries (not unlike Twitter). Since August 5, 2009, the Massachusetts Historical Society has been posting John Quincy Adams's line-a-day diary entries on Twitter, exactly 200 years later.

They have also created a Google map to chart his progress (his shipboard Tweets included latitude and longitude):



At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 , Blogger elmhurst erik said...

Just the other day I was wandering through one of my favorite lunch-time parks and learned that it's actually the location where John Quincy Adams lived after he left the presidency.

Adams Park, Wheaton, IL

(I removed my last comment because there was a typo)

At Tuesday, August 25, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

That sounds unlikely to me... He was a solid New Englander. And he went on to represent his Massachusetts district in congress after his Presidency.

Sounds to me like someone is making up stories.



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