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  Adams, Jr., Robert
NameRobert Adams, Jr.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States
Born February 26, 1849
Died June 01, 1906 (57 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedChronicler
Feb 26, 2009 12:33pm
InfoADAMS, Robert, Jr., a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., February 26, 1849; attended Doctor Fairies Physical Institute, Philadelphia, Pa., and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1869; studied law; was admitted to the bar April 27, 1872, and practiced; member of the United States Geological Survey during the explorations of Yellowstone Park 1871-1875; member of the State militia 1881-1895; served in the State senate 1883-1886; was graduated from the Wharton School of Economy and Finance of the University of Pennsylvania in 1884

Minister to Brazil 1889-1890

U.S. Representative (R-PA) 1890-1906. Played a major role in the Cuban resolutions leading to the Spanish-American War of 1898.

While serving as acting chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Adams worked diligently for the successful passage of the Diplomatic and Consular Appropriation bill, which passed on 5/31/1906. Adams had been in constant communication with President TR and his cabinet during the debate on the bill. [NYT 6/2/1906]

Adams attempted to commit suicide on 5/31/1906, and he died the following morning. Overwhelmed by losses of $80,000 in stock investments and bridge whist, Adams shot himself at 6:15 p.m. on 5/31 in his apartment in the Metropolitan Club. He had sent a suicide note to Speaker Cannon saying that he chose this course because "my personal obligations exceed my resources." While mortally wounded, Adams did not die immediately; he cleaned up the blood as best he could before being discovered by a club employee at 8:00 a.m. the following morning. He was taken to the Emergency Hospital in DC, where he died at 11:30 a.m. [NYT 6/2/1906]; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.


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