Edgar J. Adams
|Edgar J. Adams|
|35th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives|
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
|Preceded by||Charles Holden|
|Succeeded by||David E. Burns|
August 6, 1866|
Branch County, Michigan
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.
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."
- The Political Graveyard: Adams, Edgar J.
- Michigan Legislative Manual and Official Directory for the Years 1899-1900. Michigan Secretary of State. 1899. p. 629.
- Kent County Michigan GenWeb Project: Edgar J. Adams