Educating Warrior-Patriots: The Naval Academy Debate during the Presidency of John Quincy Adams
The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD has produced countless American heroes who have guided the Navy through battle starting in 1845. However, the battle to create the Naval Academy began much earlier, during the Presidency of John Quincy Adams. Adams wanted an establishment “for the formation of scientific and accomplished officers,” but it would take another 20 years before it materialized. With the Military Academy at West Point created in 1802, why was it such an uphill battle to create a Naval Academy and officer corps?
On Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. William Leeman will give a FREE lecture on the history of the Naval Academy, and John Quincy Adams’s fight to see it established. The author of The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic and former professor at West Point, Leeman offers a new insight into John Quincy Adams and the creation of the United States Naval Academy. The lecture will be held at the Adams National Historical Park Carriage House, 135 Adams Street, Quincy, MA.