William C. Adamson

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William Charles Adamson
William Charles Adamson
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
May 28, 1926 – January 20, 1928
Appointed by Assigned to court by operation of law
Preceded by Court created
Succeeded by Genevieve R. Cline
Member of the Board of General Appraisers
In office
September 24, 1917 – May 28, 1926
Appointed by Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by Henderson M. Somerville
Succeeded by Board abolished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – December 18, 1917
Preceded by Charles L. Moses
Succeeded by William C. Wright
Personal details
Born (1854-08-13)August 13, 1854
Bowdon, Georgia
Died January 3, 1929(1929-01-03) (aged 74)
New York City
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Bowdon College A.B.
Profession Judge

William Charles Adamson (August 13, 1854 – January 3, 1929) was a U.S. Representative from Georgia and a Judge for the United States Customs Court.

Early life and education[edit]

Adamson was born on August 13, 1854, in Bowdon, Georgia. Adamson attended the common schools. He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Bowdon College in 1874. He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Carrollton, Georgia. He served as judge of the city court of Carrollton from 1885 to 1889. He served as an attorney for the city of Carrollton for a number of years. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892.[1][2]

Congressional service[edit]

Adamson was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until December 18, 1917, when he resigned. He served as chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses).[2] The Adamson Act, which regulated the hours of railroad workers, was named for him.

Federal Judicial Service[edit]

On September 20, 1917, President Wilson nominated Adamson to serve as a Member of the Board of General Appraisers, to the seat vacated by Henderson M. Somerville. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 1917, and received his commission on September 24, 1917. On May 28, 1926, he was transferred by operation of law to the newly created United States Customs Court. He served on the court until his retirement on January 20, 1928, and was succeeded by Judge Genevieve R. Cline.[1]

Retirement and death[edit]

Adamson resumed the practice of law in Carrollton, Georgia. He died while on a visit in New York City, January 3, 1929. He was interred in City Cemetery, Carrollton. Adamson Square in downtown Carrollton was named in his honor.[1][2]


  • United States Congress. "William C. Adamson (id: A000051)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • William C. Adamson at Find a Grave
  • William C. Adamson at AdamsonAncestry
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles L. Moses
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1897 – December 18, 1917
Succeeded by
William C. Wright

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