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Adams political family

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Current region  Massachusetts, U.S.
Adams political family
Place of origin  Braintree, Essex, England
Members  President John Adams FL Abigail Adams President John Quincy Adams
Connected members  Gov. Samuel Adams Prof. Samuel A. Adams
Connected families  Baldwin family (US) Taft family (US) Spencer family (UK)
Estate  Peacefield, Quincy, Massachusetts

The Adams family was a prominent political family in the United States from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. Based in eastern Massachusetts, they formed part of the Boston Brahmin community. The surname Adams stems from Henry Adams of the county of Somerset in Great Britain.



  • Henry Adams (1583–1646) born Barton St David, Somerset, England was the first of the clan who immigrated to New England, United States.
  • Samuel Adams (1722–1803), the second President's second cousin; not usually considered part of the family
  • Samuel A. Adams (1934–1988), a historian and CIA analyst.
  • Family tree

    The following is a selective family tree of notable members of the Adams family relative to Charles Francis Adams IV:

    Harvard University and the Adams family

  • John Adams Class of 1755
  • John Quincy Adams Class of 1788
  • Charles Adams (1770–1800) Class of 1789
  • Thomas Boylston Adams (1772–1832) Class of 1790
  • George Washington Adams Class of 1821
  • John Adams II, expelled with most of senior class prior to 1823 graduation, later among those designated "Bachelor of Arts as of 1823" and added to Harvard's Roll of Graduates
  • John Quincy Adams II
  • Charles Francis Adams, Sr. Class of 1825
  • Charles Francis Adams, Jr. Class of 1856
  • Henry Brooks Adams Class of 1858
  • Brooks Adams Class of 1870
  • George Caspar Adams Class of 1886
  • Charles Francis Adams III Class of 1888
  • Roger Adams Class of 1909
  • Charles Francis Adams IV Class of 1932
  • Thomas Boylston Adams (1910–1997) Class of 1933 (was not graduated)
  • Samuel A. Adams Class of 1955
  • Adams House, one of twelve residential colleges at Harvard, is named after John Adams and later members of the Adams family.


    The Adams political family is connected with U.S. Presidents Millard Fillmore, William Howard Taft, and Calvin Coolidge and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, through common descent from one Henry Squire.

    Through his mother, John Adams was a second cousin of Massachusetts governor Increase Sumner; their maternal grandmothers were sisters. Both were also related to President Coolidge and to Diana, Princess of Wales, and through the latter to The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

    The Adams family is one of only four families to have produced two Presidents of the United States, the others being the Bush family, the Roosevelt family, and the Harrison family.


  • Adams Memorial
  • Adams National Historical Park
  • References

    Adams political family Wikipedia