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Charles Francis Adams Jr. (1835 - 1915)

Charles Francis Adams Jr.
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 8 Nov 1865 in Newport, Rhode Island, United Statesmap
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Died at age 79 in Washington, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
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Charles Francis Adams Jr. (1835-1915)' was the grandson of John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. President.



Charles Francis Adams was born on May 27, 1835, in Boston, Massachusetts Charles Francis Adams, Sr. and his wife, Abigail Brown Brooks. He fought in the Civil War, with distinction from 1861 to 1865, attaining the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. He married Mary Hone Ogden on November 8, 1865, in Newport, Rhode Island. They had five children during their marriage. He died on March 20, 1915, in Washington, District of Columbia, having lived a long life of 79 years, and was buried in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Adams served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry on December 28, 1861. He fought with distinction during the Gettysburg Campaign, where his company was heavily engaged at the Battle of Aldie. When the regiment's 3-years enlistment ended it was reduced to a battalion; and Adams was mustered out of service on September 1, 1864. On September 8, 1864 he was commissioned as the lieutenant colonel of the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry (officially designated "5th Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Cavalry"). He was promoted to colonel and assumed command of the regiment on March 14, 1865. When he assumed command, the regiment was assigned guarding Confederate prisoners of war at Point Lookout, Maryland.

He resigned from the Army on August 1, 1865. Colonel Adams was awarded the grade of Brevet Brigadier General for distinguished gallantry and for meritorious services during the war.


  • Charles Francis Adams was born on May 27, 1835, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Abigail Brown Brooks, age 29, and Charles Francis Adams, age 27.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  • Charles F Adams graduated Harvard College (University) in 1856.[1][2]


  • Charles Francis Adams served the Union during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. First commissioned December 28, 1861a Lieutenant with the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, and later the 5th Massachusetts (Colored) Cavalry. He resigned from the Army August 1, 1865, with the grade of Colonel.. President Johnson awarded him the grade of Brevet Brigadier General on 9 July 1866, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion 23 Jul 1866.[1][2][7][8][9]
  • Charles fought in Battles of Aldie, Battle of Secessionville, the Maryland Campaign, Battle of South Mountain, Battle of Aniietem and the Gettysburg Campaign.[1]


  • Charles Francis Adams married Mary Hone Ogden in Newport, Rhode Island, on November 8, 1865, when he was 30 years old.[1][10][11]


  • Charles Francis Adams died on March 20, 1915, in Washington, District of Columbia, when he was 79 years old.[1][5]


  • Charles Francis Adams was buried 22 March 1915 in Mount Wollaston Cemetery (Old Section, Lot 33&) in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts.[1][5]

Research Notes

  • Member of the Massachusetts Railroad Commission from 1866 to 1884.[1][2]
  • Elected a Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1871.[1]
  • President, Union Pacific Railroad from 1884 to1890.[1][2]
  • Elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1891.[1]
  • He was a member of Massachusetts Historical Society, and President of the Society in 1895,[1]
  • He was a member of the American Historical Association, and President of the Association in 1901.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Wikipedia, Charles Francis Adams Jr.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography. James G Wilson and John Fiske, Editors. D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1892. Vol I, Page 13.
  3. Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 1999. Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.
  4. Barghouti, Kim, comp.. Handy Book of American Authors, 1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Louis Harmon Peet. Handy Book of American Authors. New York, USA: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co., 1907.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 May 2019), memorial page for Charles Francis Adams, Jr (27 May 1835–20 Mar 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7338000, citing Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  6. US & British Isle, Joseph Thomas Biographical Dictionary, 1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001. Original data: Barghouti, Kim, comp.. Lippincott's Pronouncing Biographical Dictionary, University of Nevada, Reno Library. Philadelphia, PA, USA: J.B. Lippincott, Joseph Thomas M. D. LL. D, 1890. Dictionary ID 388.
  7. Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War General Officers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.
  8. Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Side served: Union; State served: Massachusetts; Enlistment date: 19 Dec 1861
  9. Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.
  10. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
  11. The Ogden family in America, page 414


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Hi Stanley , can you add me for the US President's Project ?

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