Charles Sr.

American politician Charles Sr.

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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  • 1886
    Age 78
    Charles Francis Adams died in Boston on November 21, 1886, and was interred in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.
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  • 1876
    Age 68
    During the 1876 electoral college controversy, Adams sided with Democrat Samuel J. Tilden over Republican Rutherford B. Hayes for the presidency.
  • 1872
    Age 64
    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.
  • 1870
    Age 62
    In 1870 Charles Francis Adams built the first presidential library in the United States, to honor his father John Quincy Adams.
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  • 1869
    Age 61
    Back in Boston, Adams declined the presidency of Harvard University, but became one of its overseers in 1869.
  • 1861
    Age 53
    He resigned to become Lincoln's minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James (Britain) from 1861 to 1868.
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  • 1858
    Age 50
    As a Republican, Adams was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1858, where he chaired the Committee on Manufactures.
  • 1857
    Age 49
    He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1857.
  • 1850
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1841
    Age 33
    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.
  • 1830
    Age 22
    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.
  • 1829
    Age 21
    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.
  • 1825
    Age 17
    He was born in Boston, and attended Boston Latin School and Harvard College, where he graduated in 1825.
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  • 1807
    Born on August 18, 1807.
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