Adams political family

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Adams family
Coat of Arms of John Quincy Adams.svg
Motto: " Fidem libertatem amicitiam retinebis"
(Faith, freedom and fidelity)
Current region Massachusetts, U.S.
Place of origin Braintree, Essex, England
Members President John Adams
FL Abigail Adams
President John Quincy Adams
Connected members Gov. Samuel Adams
Prof. Samuel A. Adams
Connected families Baldwin family (US)
Taft family (US)
Spencer family (UK)
Estate 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]


Coat of Arms of President John Adams.
  • Samuel Adams (1722–1803), the second President's second cousin; not usually considered part of the family
  • Samuel A. Adams (1934–1988), a historian and CIA analyst.

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
Charles Francis Adams V
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.


The Adams political family is connected with U.S. Presidents Millard Fillmore, William Howard Taft, and Calvin Coolidge and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, through common descent from one Henry Squire.[13]

Through his mother, John Adams was a second cousin of Massachusetts governor Increase Sumner; their maternal grandmothers were sisters. Both were also related to President Coolidge and to Diana, Princess of Wales, and through the latter to The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Adams family is one of only four families to have produced two Presidents of the United States, the others being the Bush family, the Roosevelt family, and the Harrison 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. ^ [1]
  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 
  13. ^ Henry Squire biography Archived May 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. at (b. 1563)

Further reading[edit]

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