Francis W. H. Adams
Adams was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He grew up in Saddle River, New Jersey and rode to horseback to school in nearby Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. He graduated from Williams College in 1925 and Fordham Law School in 1928. Upon graduation, he joined the firm O'Brien, Boardman, Memhard, Fox & Early, where he had worked as a clerk while in law school.
- Narvaez, Alfonso A. (April 21, 1990). "Francis W.H. Adams, 85, Dies; Led New York City's Police Force". New York Times. p. 29. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Francis Adams, 85 Former Ny Police Commissioner". Boston Globe. April 22, 1990. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
Francis W. H. Adams, a New York police commissioner in the 1950s and a leader of the Reform Democratic movement, died Friday of heart failure at a convalescent home in Devon, Pa. He was 85. As police commissioner from January 1954 to July 1955 under Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Mr. Adams abolished desk jobs at police headquarters and eliminated the police band and glee club in efforts to put …
- Mitchel P. Roth; James Stuart Olson (2001). "Francis W. H. Adams". Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 3–4. ISBN 978-0-313-30560-3.