Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

Born Aug 18, 1807

Charles Francis Adams I was an American lawyer, politician, diplomat and writer. He was the grandson of President John Adams and Abigail Adams and the son of President John Quincy Adams.

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1807 Birth Born on August 18, 1807.


1825 17 Years Old He was born in Boston, and attended Boston Latin School and Harvard College, where he graduated in 1825. … Read More


1829 21 Years Old …  He developed this expertise in part because of the example of his father, who in 1829 had turned from politics (after his defeated bid for a second presidential term in 1828) to history and biography.
1830 22 Years Old The senior Adams began a life of his father, John Adams, but only wrote a few chapters before he resumed his political career in 1830 with his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.


1841 33 Years Old Adams was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1841, served in the state senate 1844–1845, founded and edited the journal Boston Whig in 1846, and was the unsuccessful nominee of the Free Soil Party for Vice President of the United States in 1848.


1850 42 Years Old The younger Adams, fresh from his edition of the letters of his grandmother, Abigail Adams, took up the project that his father had left uncompleted, and between 1850 and 1856 turned out not just the two volumes of the biography but eight further volumes presenting editions of John Adams's Diary and Autobiography, his major political writings, and a selection of letters and speeches. … Read More
1857 49 Years Old He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1857.


1858 50 Years Old As a Republican, Adams was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1858, where he chaired the Committee on Manufactures.
1861 53 Years Old He resigned to become Lincoln's minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James (Britain) from 1861 to 1868. … Read More


1869 61 Years Old Back in Boston, Adams declined the presidency of Harvard University, but became one of its overseers in 1869.
1870 62 Years Old In 1870 Charles Francis Adams built the first presidential library in the United States, to honor his father John Quincy Adams. … Read More
1872 64 Years Old In 1872, he was again nominated for Vice President, this time by the so-called "Straight-Out Democrats," who were Democrats alienated by the Presidential candidacy of Horace Greeley.
1876 68 Years Old During the 1876 electoral college controversy, Adams sided with Democrat Samuel J. Tilden over Republican Rutherford B. Hayes for the presidency.
1886 79 Years Old Charles Francis Adams died in Boston on November 21, 1886, and was interred in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. … Read More
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