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Biography of Charles Francis Adams

Adams, Charles Francis, historical writer and publicist; born in Boston, Mass., May 27, 1835; son of Charles Francis Adams, diplomat.

 He was graduated from Harvard as A.B. in 1856, was admitted to the bar in 1858; served in the Union army through Civil war from first lieutenant to colonel of Massachusetts cavalry and received the brevet of brigadier-general. He was appointed a member of the Board of Railway Commissioners of Massachusetts in 1869, and declined reappointment in 1879. President of the Union Pacific Ry., 1884 to 1890. President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1895. 

Mr. Adams is author of: Chapters on Erie and Other Essays; Railroads, Their Origin and Problems; Notes on Railway Accidents; Massachusetts, Its Historians and History; Three Episodes of Massachusetts History; Life of Charles Francis Adams; Richard Harry Dana, a Biography; Lee at Appomattox, and Other Papers; Three Phi Beta Kappa Addresses; Lee's Centennial, 1907. Mr. Adams received from Harvard the degree of LL.D. in 1895. He married, Nov. 8, 1865, Mary Ogden. Address: South Lincoln, Mass.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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