Eva Adams

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Eva Adams
Eva Adams medal.jpeg
Mint medal of Mint Director Eva Adams
Born (1908-09-10)September 10, 1908
Wonder, Nevada, U.S.
Died August 23, 1991(1991-08-23) (aged 82)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Other names Eva Bertrand Adams
Years active 1940–1969
  • Verner Lauer Adams
  • Cora Varble

Eva Bertrand Adams (September 10, 1908 – August 23, 1991) was the Director of the United States Mint from 1961 to 1969.


Eva Adams was born in Wonder, Nevada[1] on September 10, 1908, the daughter of Verner Laur Adams and his wife Cora (Varble) Adams.[2] Her father worked for mining magnate George Wingfield, and was responsible for setting up hotels, commissaries, and bars in Wingfield's mining camps.[2] As such, the family moved around from camp to camp for several years before Adams' mother insisted the family settle down and they settled in Reno, Nevada.[2] Adams graduated from Reno High School at age 14. She then attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta,[3] graduating in 1928, at age 19.[2]

After graduating from college, Adams moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to become a teacher at Las Vegas High School.[2] During this time, she became involved with the Clark County Democratic Party and was introduced to Pat McCarran.[2]

Adams then attended graduate school at Columbia University, receiving a master's degree in English in 1936.[4] She also went on to obtain an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center and an LL.D. from American University.[5]

She returned to Nevada in 1940 to briefly join the English department of the University of Nevada, Reno; shortly thereafter, Pat McCarran, by now United States Senator for Nevada, invited her to move to Washington, D.C. to become his Administrative Assistant.[5] She worked for Senator McCarran until his death in 1954.[5] She then worked for McCarran's successor, Ernest S. Brown, in 1954, and then Alan Bible from 1954 to 1960.[5]

In 1961, President of the United States John F. Kennedy named Adams Director of the United States Mint, and Adams subsequently held that office from October 1961 until August 1969.[5]

Upon retiring from government service in 1969, Adams worked for Mutual of Omaha for a while, before returning home to Reno.[5]

Adams died in Reno on August 23, 1991.[5]


  1. ^ "Adams, Eva Bertrand". Who Was Who in America, with World Notables, v. 10: 1989–1993. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who. 1993. p. 2. ISBN 0837902207. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bio from Nevada Women's History Project
  3. ^ http://www.kappaalphatheta.org/iamatheta/notablethetas/index.cfm?from=IAmaThetaHeaderLink
  4. ^ Guide to Adams' Papers
  5. ^ a b c d e f g University of Nevada Oral History Archive

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Government offices
Preceded by
William H. Brett
Director of the United States Mint
October 1961 – August 1969
Succeeded by
Mary Brooks