James N. Adam

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James N. Adam
Portrait of James N. Adam.jpg
Portrait of James N. Adam
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded by Erastus C. Knight
Succeeded by Louis P. Fuhrmann
Personal details
Born March 1, 1842
Peebles, Scotland
Died February 9, 1912(1912-02-09) (aged 69)
Buffalo, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret Linton Paterson
Children no children

James Noble Adam (1842–1912) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1906–1909. He was born in Peebles, Scotland on March 1, 1842, a son of Reverend Thomas Adam. He married Margaret Linton Paterson of Edinburgh, on January 9, 1872; she died in 1894. Also in 1872, upon the advice of his brother, Robert B. Adam, co-founder of Adam, Meldrum & Anderson, he came to America. He initially settled at New Haven, Connecticut, where he began a successful retail operation. In 1881, he moved back to Buffalo and started a full-scale department store at Main and Washington Streets, the J. N. Adam & Co. In 1905, he retired from the company.[2]

In 1901, he was elected alderman of the 24th ward. He was elected mayor on November 7, 1905, as the Democratic candidate. He did not run for another term.[2]

Some time between 1910 and 1915, he purchased almost 300 acres (1.2 km2) of land adjacent to the village of Perrysburg, New York using proceeds from his own personal fortune to establish a tuberculosis asylum.[3] A hospital was opened known as the J. N. Adam Memorial Hospital for Tuberculosis; it later became the J. N. Adam State School for Severely Mentally Retarded. He died at Buffalo on February 9, 1912, and was buried in St. Cuthbert's Cemetery in Edinburgh, Scotland, next to his wife.[2]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "James N. Adam". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ Buffalo's Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Perrysburg, Larry Behan, July, 2005
Political offices
Preceded by
Erastus C. Knight
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Louis P. Fuhrmann