Adams political family

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Adams family
Coat of Arms of John Quincy Adams.svg
Motto: " Fidem libertatem amicitiam retinebis"
(Hold fast to liberty, friendship, and faith.)
Current regionMassachusetts, U.S.
Place of originBraintree, Essex, England
Connected familiesBaldwin family (U.S.)
Taft family (U.S.)
Spencer family (UK)
Estate(s)Peacefield (Quincy, Massachusetts)

The Adams family was a prominent political family in the United States from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. Based in eastern Massachusetts, they formed part of the Boston Brahmin community. The surname Adams stems from Henry Adams of the county of Somerset in Great Britain.[1]

The Adams family is one of four families to have produced two Presidents of the United States, the others being the Bush, Roosevelt, and Harrison families.


Coat of Arms of President John Adams.

Family tree[edit]

The following is a selective family tree of notable members of the Adams family relative to Charles Francis Adams IV:

President John Quincy Adams
Louisa Catherine Johnson
Peter Chardon Brooks
Abigail [Brown]
Charles Francis Adams Sr.
Abigail Brown [Brooks]
George Caspar Crowninshield
Harriet [Sears]
Charles Francis Adams Jr.
John Quincy Adams II
Frances Cadwalader [Crowninshield]
John Quincy Adams III
George Caspar Adams
Charles Francis Adams III
Frances [Lovering]
Frances C. Adams
Arthur Adams
Margery Lee [Sargeant]
Abigail ("Hitty") Adams
Robert Homans
Catherine Lovering Adams
Henry Sturgis Morgan
Charles Francis Adams IV
Margaret [Stockton]
Children 3 Sons; 1 Daughter
Five Sons
Abigail Adams
James C. Manny
Allison Adams
Paul G. Hagan
Timothy Adams

Harvard University and the Adams family[edit]

Adams House, one of twelve residential colleges at Harvard, is named after John Adams and later members of the Adams family.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Walker, Jane C. (2002). John Adams. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc. p. 14. ISBN 0766017044.
  2. ^ John Adams: Biography
  3. ^ John Adams bioguide at
  4. ^ John Quincy Adams bioguide at
  5. ^ George Washington Adams bioguide at
  6. ^ Charles Francis Adams Sr. bioguide at
  7. ^ John Quincy Adams II bioguide at
  8. ^ Gardner, Augstus Peabody (December 1906). "George Caspar Adams". In Huddleston, John Henry (ed.). Secretary's report. Harvard College Class of 1886. HathiTrust. Report No. 6. New York: The De Vinne Press. pp. 7–8. OCLC 903610243. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  9. ^ Charles Francis Adams III bioguide at
  10. ^ Thomas Boylston Adams biography at
  11. ^ William E. McKibben (June 9, 1082). "Four More Years". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Eric Pace (June 9, 1997). "Thomas B. Adams Dies at 86; Descendant of Two Presidents". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2014. Adams... attended Harvard College from 1929 to 1932

Further reading[edit]

  • Robert J. Maddox, "The Adamses in America," American History Illustrated, Apr 1971, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p 12-21