Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915

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Birth 1835-05-27
Death 1915-05-20

Biographical notes:

Railroad expert, civic leader, historian; son of Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams.

From the description of ALS, 1864 Sept. 4, City Point, Va., to the Provost Marshal General's Dept., City Point. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122690013

Adams was a General in the US Army in the Civil War. After the War he was a railroad executive and eventually president of the Union Pacific Railroad, 1884-1890.

From the description of [Letter] 1902 Oct. 27, Adams Building, Boston [to] William Wallace, Omaha, Neb. / Charles Francis Adams. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 137240702

American railroad regulator and author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Alexander del Mar, [18]68 Feb. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 753956435

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Mr. Lyman, 1883 Apr. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 753956247

"Soldier, businessman, civic leader and historian. Descendant of two presidents and the son of a noted diplomat, Adams served with distinction as a Union officer during the Civil War. After the war, he became a nationally recognized authority on the railroad industry, chairing the Massachusetts Railroad Commission from 1869 to 1879, and ultimately taking on the presidency of the Union Pacifc Railroad for six stormy years, 1884-1890. From 1890 to 1915, Adams was content to be a man of affairs, speaking and writing widely on historical, educational, economic and political subjects from his positions as president of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1895-1915) and active member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Anti-Imperialist League"--Guide.

From the description of Charles Francis Adams II papers, [1861-1933] [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 238873531

Adams (Harvard, A.B., 1856) served as Overseer at Harvard.

From the description of Letter of Charles Francis Adams to G.M. Lane about Joint Committee on the Organization of the University, 1907. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972751

American lawyer, railroad expert, historian; son of Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), diplomat.

From the description of ALS : to John [Codman Ropes], 1888 Jan. 13. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 37601595


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