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  Adams, George Washington
AffiliationNational Republican   
NameGeorge Washington Adams
, Massachusetts , United States
Born April 12, 1801
DiedApril 30, 1829 (28 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Jan 30, 2008 12:36pm
InfoGeorge Washington Adams (April 12, 1801 – April 30, 1829) was the eldest son of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States. Adams graduated from Harvard University and studied law before becoming a member of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1826. He apparently led a troubled life -- he had a reputation as an alcoholic womanizer predisposed to gloom and paranoia. He drowned after going overboard in the Long Island Sound on April 30, 1829, and his body was reported found washed ashore on June 13, 1829. It is generally assumed that he committed suicide.

He had a son named Jacob, (1826 - ???), who took a wife named Julia, (1827 - ???), in Poughkeepsie, New York. The U.S. Census, 1870, for Duchess County, New York, lists Jacob, Julia, and their seven children, Hoxsie, Peter, James, Phillip, Julie, George, and Jackla.

Hoxsie and James would later travel with their families to Atascosa County, Texas, by way of St. Louis, in 1876. Hoxsie's wife, Marietta DuBois, wrote a diary of this journey, and portions of it can be found published in the August 22, 1984, edition of the Pleasanton Express in an article written by J.C.W. Merchant.

Hoxsie Adams died in 1910, and is buried in Tumlinson Cemetery, near Leming, Texas. A historical marker at his gravesite also names several of his descendents, who are buried within the cemetery. Nearby Adams Lane was named in his honor over 100 years ago.

He was born April 12, 1801. Most historians consider his mysterious death on April 30, 1829, as a suicide. He was 28 years old. Despite early signs of brilliance and being both a son and grandson to presidents, George would never aspire to the lofty plans his father had laid out for him.
He graduated from Harvard, practiced law and was elected to the Massachusetts' state legislature, but was unable to sustain any level of success. Secret scandals and mounting debts drove him to alcohol. He either fell or jumped from a passenger liner in New York Harbor.

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Father John Quincy Adams 1767-1848
Grandfather John Adams 1735-1826
Aunt Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith 1765-1813
Aunt Susanna Adams 1768-1770
Uncle Charles Adams 1770-1800
Uncle Thomas Boylston Adams 1772-1832
Grandmother Abigail Quincy Smith Adams 1744-1818
Brother John Adams, II 1803-1834
Brother Charles Francis Adams, Sr. 1807-1886
Nephew John Quincy Adams II 1833-1894
Nephew Charles Francis Adams, Jr. 1835-1915
Nephew Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1918
Sister Louisa Catherine Adams 1811-1812
Mother Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams 1775-1852