Born: 1812-08-20 Barbourville, Kentucky
Died: 1884-01-18 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Adams studied law and earned admittance to the bar before opening his own practice. He served in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1839. He was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1844. In 1846, Adams won election as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 1847-1849, alongside Abraham Lincoln. He served as judge of the circuit court of Kentucky from 1851-1856. He returned to the U.S. House of Representatives as a member of the American Party from 1859-1861. Adams received appointment as sixth auditor of the Treasury Department from 1861-1864, after which he resumed the practice of law in Philadelphia.
Gravestone, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1961 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1961), 459.