Biography of Charles H. Adams
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Adams, Charles H., son of Zenas L. and Sarah C. (Hinckley) Adams, was born in Nantucket, April 30, 1843. His father, who died in New Bedford, November 17, 1883, in his seventy fourth year, was for many years a successful master mariner and later in life became interested to a large extent in shipping interests in New Bedford. He was a native of Cape Cod and a direct descendant of Thomas Adams, brother of John of Quincy; of a retiring disposition and vet possessed of a fine executive and business ability, he greatly endeared himself to all with whom he associated, and his death was sincerely mourned in business circles. Charles H. Adams was educated in the schools of Nantucket and in the East Greenwich Seminary at East Greenwich, R. I. After leaving school and before he was eighteen years of age, he had formed a copartnership with Otis Churchill in Waterford, Saratoga county, N. Y., and under the name of Churchill & Adams conducted a milling and lumber business Later this copartnership was dissolved and he engaged in the grocery business in New Bedford in company with his father and brother, Zenas, under the name, Zenas L. Adams & Sons, this copartnership being discontinued after a duration of five years, when he engaged again in the lumber business, this time in Dighton and Swansea, Bristol county, Mass. Later Mr. Adams gave his attention to various mercantile enterprises in Westfield and Pittsfield, and at the death of his father he returned to New Bedford to take charge of his shipping interests. He has served in the Common Council one term, representing Ward 3; and is a member of Pacific Lodge of Odd Fellows. He married, in 1866, Nannie B., daughter of Jonathan Bisbee of Fairhaven, and they have one daughter, Alice, wife of Nathaniel C. Smith of New Bedford.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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