Adams, Charles Francis 

Adams, Charles Francis

Male 1807 - 1889

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  • Birth  18 Aug 1807  Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  6 Jun 1889  Quincy, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Charles Francis Adams,the only child of John Quincy Adams, born on August 18, 1807, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.Charles at age two, went with his parents to St. Petersburg, Russia, when his father received the appointment of Minister to Russia. He spent six years in russia, and learned to speak Russian, German and French. In 1814, Charles and his mother journeyed to Paris to meet his father. The family then took up their residence in London, when his father was appointed U.S. Minister to Great Britain. Charles Francis, a boy of eight, was thus introduced to the brilliant diplomatic scene in which his grand father also had been a distinguished actor, and which he himself, in a new era of difficulty undreamt of in the days of the revolution, was to perform an equally conspicuous part. Charles was placed at an English boarding school, struggled with learning, and battled with schoolmates in defence of America. In 1817, when the family returned to America, Charles became a pupil of the celebrated Boston Latin School, where he was prepared for admission to Harvard College. He graduated from Harvard in 1825. As his father was president at this time, Charles passed the next two years in Washington, returning to Boston in 1827 to engage in the study of the law in the office of the Honorable Daniel Webster. He was admitted to the bar in 1828. In 1830, Charles was nominated Representative from Boston to the Massachusetts Legislature which he declined, much to the disappointment of his father. The invitation being renewed the next year he accepted it, and was elected and served, by successive elections, for the next three years in the House of Representatives, and for two years after in the Senate. Opposition to slavery was a duty which he inherited from his father, and the year 1848, in which President Adams died, saw his son the candidate of the new Free-Soil party for Vice President on the ticket with Martin Van Buren as President. Previous to the election, he edited for several years a political daily paper in Boston advocating the principles which were afterwards incorporated in the Republican creed. He contributed articles to the "North American Review" and "Christian Examiner." In 1840 he published two volumes of the Letters of his grandmother, Mrs. Abigail Adams, accompanied by a biographical sketch from his pen, and the following year edited a similar collection of the Letters of John Adams addressed to his wife. The Life of John Adams was released by his grandson in 1856. In 1859 Mr. Adams was elected a member of the national House of Representatives, and took his seat at the opening of the 36th Congress, at its first session, in December, 1860. Mr. Adams was a firm believer in the Union of States. He was against Slave labor. Before the conflict of the Civil War broke out, Mr. Adams, was called by President Lincoln to represent the nation as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of St. James. He accepted and resigned his seat in the House of Representatives.
    Person ID  I23955  Nauset

    Father  Adams, President John Quincy,   b. 11 Jul 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1848, Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F19224  Group Sheet

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