John J. Adams

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John Joseph Adams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byWilliam Dorsheimer
Succeeded byLloyd Bryce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byAnson G. McCook
Succeeded bySamuel S. Cox
Personal details
BornSeptember 16, 1848 (1848-09-16)
New Brunswick, Canada
DiedFebruary 16, 1919 (1919-02-17) (aged 70)
Manhattan, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materColumbia Law School

John Joseph Adams (September 16, 1848 – February 16, 1919) was an American politician and a United States Congressman from New York State.


Adams was born in Douglastown, New Brunswick (now part of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada) on September 16, 1848. He emigrated to the United States in 1864, settling in New York City, and worked in a dry-goods firm in New York City until he began studies at Columbia Law School. Adams graduated with a degree in law in 1876 and was admitted to the bar the same year.[1] In addition, he was involved in several businesses, including the Adams Mining Company of Leadville, Colorado, which included his brothers Michael Adams (1845-1899), a member of the Canadian Parliament, and Samuel Adams (1846-1928), a member of the Colorado State Senate.

Elected to the United States House of Representatives from two different districts, Adams represented the 8th District in the forty-eighth United States Congress from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1885. He then represented the 7th district in the Fiftieth United States Congress from March 4, 1885, to March 3, 1887.[2] Both districts at the time were in Queens. He did not seek renomination in 1886 and returned to the practice of law.


Adams died suddenly, of heart disease (a year after suffering a stroke of paralysis), in the Ansonia Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, New York, on February 16, 1919 (age 70 years, 153 days). He is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "John J. Adams". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "John J. Adams". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "John J. Adams". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved July 7, 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Anson G. McCook
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Samuel S. Cox
Preceded by
William Dorsheimer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Succeeded by
Lloyd Bryce