August 9 - 1808: Cape Cod Congressman John Quincy Adams tweets

1976: Woods Hole - "a kind of purgatory"
John Quincy Adams's diary is updated in a daily Twitter feed.

1809: John Adams' Twitter

Former US President was also Cape Cod's Congressman

On this day in 1809, Adams wrote:

"Fogs and a fresh breeze. Passed a Schooner. Lat: 43-29. Long: 61. Severe Squall while we were at dinner." (map)

John Quincy Adams first sailed to Europe on this day in 1783. 

After leaving the Presidency, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Plymouth District which in those years included the Cape and Islands too.

John Quincy Adams's Twitter account is maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Each day is a line entry from his diary begun on August 5, 1809.

Two years after he left the presidency in 1829, he ran and was elected the US Congressman for the district which included Cape Cod from 1831 until 1848. He is the only American to hold another federal office after serving at the president.

1976: Waiting for the ferry before cell phones, before the Internet

On this day in 1976, a hundred unhappy New Yorkers were sitting in their probably not air conditioned cars in the Steamship Authority parking lot in Woods Hole waiting for a chance to get their car to one of the islands.

The story begins:

2018 - Walter Brooks, founder of Cape Cod Today, passes at age 87 

Walter R. Brooks, Jr. died on this date on 2018.  Walter founded CapeCodToday.com in 1997 as the nation's first stand-alone online newspaper.  Read our tribute to Walter.


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