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Mixing history and 21st century technology creates a Twitter feed from another era

LatinaLista — Does the name John Quincy Adams sound familiar?
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John Q. Adams, sixth President of the United States
It should. He was the sixth President of the United States. He’s also the latest President to be on Twitter joining former President Bill Clinton.
By this time, you should be thinking “Isn’t Adams, like dead?” Yes, you’re right but a strange thing happened. The Associated Press reports that a high school student examining Adams’ archives discovered that he made diary entries that resembled tweets.
Then somebody at the Massachusetts Historical Society (guardian of Adams’ archives) got the bright idea, and it really is bright, to post Adams’ entries from 200 years on Twitter — and they did.
The curious can see what Adams was “tweeting” about back in his day on his JQAdams_MHS Twitter page. Following the link to the Massachusetts Historical Society website on Adams lets viewers see the original diary entries and manuscripts.
If you’re still fuzzy about the history of JQ Adams, read on:

John Quincy Adams was President of the United States from 1825-1829. The first President who was the son of a President, John Quincy Adams in many respects paralleled the career as well as the temperament and viewpoints of his illustrious father. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1767, he watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn’s Hill above the family farm. As secretary to his father in Europe, he became an accomplished linguist and assiduous diarist.
After graduating from Harvard College, he became a lawyer. At age 26 he was appointed Minister to the Netherlands, then promoted to the Berlin Legation. In 1802 he was elected to the United States Senate. Six years later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia.
Serving under President Monroe, Adams was one of America’s great Secretaries of State, arranging with England for the joint occupation of the Oregon country, obtaining from Spain the cession of the Floridas, and formulating with the President the Monroe Doctrine.
In the political tradition of the early 19th century, Adams as Secretary of State was considered the political heir to the Presidency. But the old ways of choosing a President were giving way in 1824 before the clamor for a popular choice…

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