Charles H. Adams (New York politician)

Charles Henry Adams
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Preceded byJames S. Smart
Succeeded byTerence J. Quinn
Member of the New York Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 1, 1872 – December 31, 1873
Preceded byA. Bleecker Banks
Succeeded byJesse C. Dayton
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 4th district
In office
January 1, 1858 – December 31, 1858
Preceded byFranklin Townsend
Succeeded byLorenzo D. Collins
Personal details
BornApril 10, 1824 (1824-04-10)
Coxsackie, New York
DiedDecember 15, 1902 (1902-12-16) (aged 78)
Manhattan, New York County, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Platt Adams
ChildrenSarah Platt Adams

Mary Adams Johnston

William Platt Adams


Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
UnitGovernor Washington Hunt's staff

Charles Henry Adams (April 10, 1824 – December 15, 1902) was an American politician, a manufacturer, an attorney, and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Coxsackie, New York, Adams attended the public schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar about 1845, and commenced practice in New York City. He married Elizabeth Platt and they had three children, Sarah, Mary, and William.


Adams moved to Cohoes in 1850 and in 1851 was appointed with rank of colonel to Governor Washington Hunt's staff in 1851. He was a Know Nothing member of the New York State Assembly (Albany County, 4th District) in 1858.

Having engaged in the manufacture of knit underwear and in banking, Adams retired from the active world of commerce in 1870 and served as first Mayor of Cohoes, New York from 1870 to 1872. He was a delegate to the 1872 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and a member of the New York State Senate (13th District) in 1872 and 1873. He was United States commissioner from New York to the Vienna Exposition in 1873.

Adams was elected as a Republican to the forty-fourth Congress, holding office as U. S. Representative for New York's sixteenth district from March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1877.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1876 and resumed banking in Cohoes until 1892, when he retired and moved to New York City.

Adams died on December 15, 1902, in Manhattan, New York City; and was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.


  1. ^ "Charles H. Adams". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 30 July 2013.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Franklin Townsend
New York State Assembly
Albany County, 4th District

Succeeded by
Lorenzo D. Collins
New York State Senate
Preceded by
A. Bleecker Banks
New York State Senate
13th District

Succeeded by
Jesse C. Dayton
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James S. Smart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Terence J. Quinn