Ephraim Douglass Adams

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Ephraim Douglass Adams (December 18, 1865[1] – 1930) was an American educator, born in Decorah, Iowa and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1887. He took a post-graduate course also at his alma mater, receiving the degree of Ph.D. in 1890. In the same year he was appointed special agent in charge of street railways for the eleventh census. His earlier work was done at the University of Kansas, where he became assistant professor (1891) and associate professor (1894) of history and sociology and in 1899 professor of European history.[2] He was made associate professor of history in Leland Stanford Junior University in 1902, and, four years later, full professor of history at Stanford University. Regarded as an expert on the American Civil War period, his work is widely cited. He is best known for Power of Ideals in American History.


  • The Control of the Purse in the United States Government (1894)
  • The Influence of Grenville on Pitt's Foreign Policy, 1787-1798 (1904)
  • British Interests and Activities in Texas (Albert Shaw Lectures, Johns Hopkins University, 1910)
  • Lord Ashburton and the Treaty of Washington (1912)
  • The Power of Ideals in American History (1913)
  • Great Britain and the American Civil War (1925)


  1. ^ "Adams, Ephraim Douglass". Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939. Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1976. p. 8. ISBN 0810310414. 
  2. ^ Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson, eds. (1908), Who's who in America 5, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated, p. 9. 

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.