Adams, John Quincy
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the 6th President of the United States (1825-1829) and avid chess player. His chess set is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. John Quincy Adams may have lost the Presidency because he played chess. Andrew Jackson supporters charged that John Quincy Adams wasted money and used public funds to buy gambling devices for the presidential residence. These gambling devices were an ivory chess set and a pool table. Adams had paid for the chess set with his own money. Andrew Jackson won big in 1828. John Adams (1735-1826) taught his son, John Quncy Adams, to play chess.