Vogt was one of the labor leaders under indictment for their roles in the labor unrest which ended in the Bay View Massacre, but had held no governmental office until elected to the Assembly in 1886 from the 9th Milwaukee County Assembly district (the 9th Ward of the City of Milwaukee) to succeed Democrat Gottfried Inden (who was not a candidate for re-election) for the session of 1887. Adam won 1,119 votes to 563 for Republican John Deverth and 385 votes for Democrat Mathias Humann. He did not run for re-election in 1888, and was succeeded by Republican George Christiaansen.
- Cannon, A. Peter, ed. Members of the Wisconsin Legislature: 1848 – 1999. State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Informational Bulletin 99-1, September 1999; p. 22 Archived 2006-12-09 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Figures Don’T Lie An Analysis of the Vote in This County" Milwaukee Sentinel, November 04, 1886; p. 3, col. b
- Timme, Ernst G., ed. The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin 1887 Madison, 1887; p. 503
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