Edgar J. Adams

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Edgar J. Adams
35th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 4, 1899 – December 22, 1900
Preceded by William D. Gordon
Succeeded by John J. Carton
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the Kent County 1st district
In office
Preceded by Charles Holden
Succeeded by David E. Burns
Personal details
Born (1866-08-06)August 6, 1866
Branch County, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alta
Profession Lawyer

Edgar J. Adams was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1897 through 1900. He served as Speaker of the House during the 40th Legislature.[1]

Adams was born in August 1866 to George and Margaret Adams. At age 6, the family moved to a farm in Monroe County, where he attended school, and again, six years later, the family moved to a farm in Gratiot County. Adams' father was a distant relative of John and John Quincy Adams. He taught one term of school at age 17, later becoming employed by Hopkins & Lyon in Mt. Pleasant. Adams taught himself in the law and, after moving to Grand Rapids in 1892, was admitted to the bar in 1894.[2]

Adams' re-election in 1898 was not without controversy as he was opposed by Governor Hazen S. Pingree and members of his own political party. His election as Speaker in 1899 was similarly fraught, and described as "one of the most bitter and determined fights ever witnessed."[3]

Adams served as a delegate to the convention which drafted the 1908 Michigan Constitution. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Adams, Edgar J.
  2. ^ Michigan Legislative Manual and Official Directory for the Years 1899-1900. Michigan Secretary of State. 1899. p. 629.
  3. ^ Kent County Michigan GenWeb Project: Edgar J. Adams