Frederick Upham Adams

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The New Time, December 1897, a social reform monthly edited by Adams

Frederick Upham Adams (December 10, 1859 – August 28, 1921) was an American inventor, writer, and editor. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of an American Civil War veteran and mechanical engineer. He died on August 28, 1921, at Larchmont, New York. In 1886 he invented the electric light post.[1]

Late in 1896 Adams wrote a social reform novel published by Charles H. Kerr & Company of Chicago. He was co-editor of the monthly reform magazine The New Time in 1897 and 1898.[1] He wrote exclusively for the magazine, which was also published by Kerr, according to the publisher mid-1897.[2]


  • President John Smith: The Story of a Peaceful Revolution (Chi.: Charles H. Kerr & Co, 1897), LCCN 05-42991; reprinted as President John Smith (1971)
  • The Kidnapped Millionaires: A Tale of Wall Street and the Tropics (Bos.: Lothrop Publ Co, 1901)
  • John Burt (Phi.: D. Biddle, 1903)
  • John Henry Smith: A Humorous Romance of Outdoor Life, illustrated for Mr. Smith by A. B. Frost (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1905), LCCN 05-16520
  • The Bottom of the Well (NY: G. W. Dillingham Co, 1906)
  • The Conquest of the Tropics: The Story of the Creative Enterprises Conducted by the United Fruit Company (Doubleday, Romance of Big Business no. 1, 1914)


  • Johnson, Allen, ed. Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936.
  1. ^ a b Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson, eds. (1908), Who's who in America, 5, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated, p. 9. 
  2. ^ (Advertisement). Charles H. Kerr & Company. One back page of President John Smith: The Story of a Peaceful Revolution (Written in 1920). Chicago: Kerr. New edition of President John Smith: The Story of a Peaceful as Library of Progress, No. 24, August 1897. Digital copy at HathiTrust retrieved 2016-10-19.

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