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  Adams, Jr., Charles Francis
NameCharles Francis Adams, Jr.
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
Born May 27, 1835
DiedMay 20, 1915 (79 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Apr 10, 2011 10:54pm
InfoBorn in Boston, Massachusetts. May 27, 1835 - Died, 1915. The grandson of President John Quincy Adams and the son of Charles Francis Adams Sr., Lincoln's ambassador to Britain, Charles Francis Adams Jr. joined the First Massachusetts Cavalry in 1861. While in the army Adams fought at Antietam and Gettysburg. He left the army in 1865 as a brigadier general.

Adams became a railroad expert after the war. In 1869 he became a member of the Massachusetts Board of Railroad Commissioners and from 1872 to 1879 was chairman of the first such board in the nation. Adams was made chairman of the government directors of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1878 and became president in 1884.

During his time with the Union Pacific Railroad Charles Francis Adams was looking to expand tracks to new locations out west. An opportunity came to help finance the development of land along the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. Money was given to a project that would divert water from Asotin Creek with a system of dikes and canals, 18 miles long, to land known as jawbone flats. In 1896 water was available for land and soon after many people moved to Clarkston.

To show appreciation for his financial involvement in the development of Clarkston, when the new high school was built in 1923 it was given his name.



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Son John Adams 1875-1964
Grandson Thomas Boylston Adams 1910-1997
Father Charles Francis Adams, Sr. 1807-1886
Grandfather John Quincy Adams 1767-1848
Great-Grandfather John Adams 1735-1826
Grand Aunt Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith 1765-1813
Grand Aunt Susanna Adams 1768-1770
Grand Uncle Charles Adams 1770-1800
Grand Uncle Thomas Boylston Adams 1772-1832
Great-Grandmother Abigail Quincy Smith Adams 1744-1818
Uncle George Washington Adams 1801-1829
Uncle John Adams, II 1803-1834
Aunt Louisa Catherine Adams 1811-1812
Grandmother Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams 1775-1852
Brother John Quincy Adams II 1833-1894
Nephew Charles Francis "Deacon" Adams III 1866-1954
Brother Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1918

  11/02/1875 MA Governor Lost 0.86% (-47.43%)
US President National Vote - Nov 03, 1896 D John McAuley Palmer