Robert Adams Jr.

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Robert Adams Jr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
In office
December 19, 1893 – June 1, 1906
Preceded by Charles O'Neill
Succeeded by John Reyburn
United States Minister to Brazil
In office
July 20, 1889 – March 1, 1890
President Benjamin Harrison
Preceded by Thomas Jarvis
Succeeded by Edwin Conger
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 2, 1883[1] – June 12, 1885
Preceded by A. Wilson Norris
Succeeded by Boies Penrose
Personal details
Born (1849-02-26)February 26, 1849
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died June 1, 1906(1906-06-01) (aged 57)
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania

Robert Adams Jr. (February 26, 1849 – June 1, 1906) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Robert Adams Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Doctor Fairies Physical Institute in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1869, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall.

He was a member of the United States Geological Survey during the explorations of Yellowstone National Park (1871–1875). Adams served as a member of the State militia from 1881 to 1895. He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1883 to 1886. He was graduated from the Wharton School of Economy and Finance of the University of Pennsylvania in 1884.

On April 10, 1880, Adams participated in a duel against Dr. James William White. Both Adams and White were members of First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry; White wanted permission to wear the distinctive uniform of the Troop while he saw patients. Adams criticized White, and soon the two agreed to duel. They traveled to Maryland for the affair of honor. Both men fired at 15 paces, but neither man struck his mark and the affair ended without injury. At a meeting years later, Adams asked White, "You fired in the air, didn't you?" White said he did. Adams responded, "I didn't. I fired at you."[2]

He was appointed United States Minister to Brazil on April 1, 1889, and served until June 1, 1890, when he resigned. He was elected to Congress as a Republican to the 53rd Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles O'Neill in 1893. He served from December 19, 1893, until his death in Washington, D.C.. Adams killed himself with a gun after heavy losses in stock speculation.[3]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas Jarvis
United States Minister to Brazil
Succeeded by
Edwin Conger
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles O'Neill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
John Reyburn
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
A. Wilson Norris
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 6th District
Succeeded by
Boies Penrose