Thomas Boylston Adams (1772–1832)
Thomas Boylston Adams
|Member of the Massachusetts General Court|
|Born||September 15, 1772|
|Died||March 13, 1832 (aged 59)|
|Relations||See Adams family|
|Parent(s)||John Adams |
Abigail Smith Adams
|Alma mater||Harvard College|
Adams was the fifth of six children born to John and Abigail (née Smith) Adams. In September 1774, two years after his birth, his father was appointed one of the delegates to the First Continental Congress from Massachusetts Bay. In 1784, his mother traveled to Europe to accompany her husband on his diplomatic missions including his service as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. While both of his parents were abroad, Thomas Adams lived with relatives in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
In 1790, he graduated from Harvard College where he had studied law, according to his family's wishes. His elder brother, John Quincy Adams, however, did not believe he had sufficient skills to practice law successfully.
Adams accompanied his brother John Quincy to the Netherlands and Prussia, serving as his secretary from 1794 to 1798. After marrying in 1805, he settled in Quincy, Massachusetts and Adams served as his town's representative to the Massachusetts legislature from 1805 to 1806. Four years later, Adams was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1810.
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