John Adams (New York politician)

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John Adams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Personal details
Born(1778-08-26)August 26, 1778
Oak Hill, New York
DiedSeptember 25, 1854(1854-09-25) (aged 76)
Catskill, New York
Political partyDemocrat
Other political
Occupationteacher, lawyer, politician

John Adams (August 26, 1778 Oak Hill, New York – September 25, 1854 Catskill, New York) was a United States Congressman from New York.


John studied law, and taught school in Durham. John was admitted to the bar in 1805, and began to practice in Durham. John was Surrogate of Greene County, New York from 1810 to 1811. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1812–13.

In April 1814, John ran as a Federalist for the 14th United States Congress, and was declared elected due to a mistake made by the deputy county clerk who had transcribed the returns. Credentials were issued by the Secretary of State of New York, but John Adams did not take or claim the seat. His Democratic-Republican opponent Erastus Root contested Adams's election and was seated on December 26, 1815.

John Adams was elected as a Jacksonian to the 23rd Congress, and served from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1835. Afterwards he resumed his law practice in Catskill. John also became a director of the Canajoharie and Catskill Railroad in 1835.

John was buried at the Thompson Street Cemetery in Catskill.

State Senator Platt Adams (1792–1887) was his brother.


  • Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1963.
  • John Adams at Find a Grave
  • [1] Congress Bio
  • [2] Political Graveyard
  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 72, 187, 255 and 414; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John King
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th congressional district

with Aaron Vanderpoel
Succeeded by
Valentine Efner,
Aaron Vanderpoel