Jewett W. Adams

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Jewett W. Adams
4th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 1, 1883 – January 3, 1887
Lieutenant Charles E. Laughton
Preceded by John H. Kinkead
Succeeded by Charles C. Stevenson
4th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
Governor John H. Kinkead
Preceded by Pressly C. Hyman
Succeeded by Charles E. Laughton
Personal details
Born (1835-08-06)August 6, 1835
South Hero, Vermont, U.S.
Died June 18, 1920(1920-06-18) (aged 84)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Resting place Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Colma, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic

Jewett William Adams (August 6, 1835 – June 18, 1920) was an American politician. He was the fourth Governor of Nevada. He was a member of the Democratic Party.


Adams was born in South Hero, Vermont. He was educated in the common schools of Vermont. He married Emma Lee on January 16, 1878, and the couple adopted a daughter, Frances R. Adams.[1]


Adams worked as a merchant and a rancher before moving west with the California Gold Rush in 1851. He ran a general store in Mariposa County, California until he was hired as paymaster on the estate of John C. Fremont in 1860. In 1864, he moved to Nevada, where he worked in mining, freighting, cattle raising, and owned a general store. He was elected the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, serving from 1874 to 1882.[2]

In 1882 Adams was elected Governor, serving one term from 1883 to 1887. During his tenure, the site for the University of Nevada was moved to Reno, the silver industry flourished, and railroad development was promoted.[3]

Adams became Superintendent of the United States Mint in Carson City from 1894 to 1898.[4] In 1896, forming a partnership with William McGill, a cattleman, he built one of the largest ranches in the state of Nevada.


In 1915, Adams and his family moved to San Francisco, California, where he died on June 18, 1920, at the age of 84. He is interred at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California USA.[5]


  1. ^ "Jewett W. Adams". Nevada's First Ladies. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jewett W. Adams". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jewett W. Adams". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jewett W. Adams". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jewett William Adams". Find A Grave. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John H. Kinkead
Governor of Nevada
1883 – 1887
Succeeded by
Charles C. Stevenson
Preceded by
Pressly C. Hyman
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
1875 – 1883
Succeeded by
Charles E. Laughton