Adams political family

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Adams family
Coat of Arms of John Quincy Adams.svg
Current regionMassachusetts, U.S.
Place of originBraintree, Essex, England
Connected familiesBaldwin family (U.S.)
Taft family (U.S.)
Spencer family (UK)
MottoFidem libertatem amicitiam retinebis
("Hold fast to liberty, friendship, and faith")
Estate(s)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 family traces to Henry Adams of Barton St David, Somerset, in England.[1] The two presidents and their descendants are also descended from John Alden, who came to the United States on the Mayflower.

The Adams family is one of four families to have produced two presidents of the United States by the same surname, the others being the Bush, Roosevelt, and Harrison families.


Woman with deep black hair and dark eyes wearing a blue and pink dress
Abigail Smith Adams – 1766 portrait by Benjamin Blyth
Man in dark gray clothing with dark hair
John Adams – 1766 portrait also by Blyth
Woman with bonnet and dark eyes
Abigail Smith Adams – 1800-1815 portrait by Gilbert Stuart
Man in dark gray clothing with white hair
John Adams – 1800-1815 portrait by Gilbert Stuart
Coat of Arms of President John Adams.

Family tree[edit]

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

President John Quincy AdamsLouisa Catherine JohnsonPeter Chardon BrooksAbigail [Brown]
Charles Francis Adams Sr.Abigail Brown [Brooks]George Caspar CrowninshieldHarriet [Sears]
Charles Francis Adams Jr.John Quincy Adams IIFrances Cadwalader [Crowninshield]
John Quincy Adams IIIGeorge Caspar AdamsCharles Francis Adams IIIFrances [Lovering]Frances C. AdamsArthur AdamsMargery Lee [Sargeant]Abigail ("Hitty") AdamsRobert Homans
Catherine Lovering AdamsHenry Sturgis MorganCharles Francis Adams IVMargaret [Stockton]Children 3 Sons; 1 Daughter
Five SonsAbigail AdamsJames C. MannyAllison AdamsPaul G. HaganTimothy Adams

Harvard University and the Adams family[edit]

Adams House, one of twelve residential colleges at Harvard, is named after John Adams and later members of the Adams family.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Walker, Jane C. (2002). John Adams. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc. p. 14. ISBN 0766017044.
  2. ^ John Adams: Biography
  3. ^ John Adams bioguide at
  4. ^ John Quincy Adams bioguide at
  5. ^ George Washington Adams bioguide at
  6. ^ Charles Francis Adams Sr. bioguide at
  7. ^ John Quincy Adams II bioguide at
  8. ^ Gardner, Augustus Peabody (December 1906). "George Caspar Adams". In Huddleston, John Henry (ed.). Secretary's report. Harvard College Class of 1886. HathiTrust. Harvard College Class of 1886 secretary's report no. 6. Vol. Report No. 6. New York: The De Vinne Press. pp. 7–8. hdl:2027/hvd.32044107298846. OCLC 903610243. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  9. ^ Charles Francis Adams III bioguide at
  10. ^ Thomas Boylston Adams biography at
  11. ^ William E. McKibben (June 9, 1082). "Four More Years". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Eric Pace (June 9, 1997). "Thomas B. Adams Dies at 86; Descendant of Two Presidents". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2014. Adams... attended Harvard College from 1929 to 1932

Further reading[edit]

  • Maddox, Robert J. "The Adamses in America". American History Illustrated, Jul 1971, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 12-21.[1]