Francis Adams was born in Charlestown, Mass., July 18, 1824, and is a descendant of Francis Adams, one of the
early Plymouth settlers. His father was Richard Adams, and his mother was of the family of Hunter, of Topsham,
to which town they moved and settled on a farm. He graduated at Bowdoin College, in 185o, with rank that admitted
him to membership with the Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity of that institution.
He then spent two years in part reading law in the office of Ebenezer Everett, in Brunswick, and in teaching in
the high school in that town, after which he taught in the Topsham Academy and Litchfield Institute. In 1857 he
entered the law office of W. G. Barrows, in Brunswick, and was admitted to the Bar in Sagadahoc County in 1859,
and commenced the practice of his profession at Topsham, and soon after succeeded to the law business of Judge
Barrows, on his promotion to the Bench. In 1869 he removed to Bath.
While residing in Topsham he served several years on the boards of superintending school committee and selectmen
of that town. He was county attorney for Sagadahoc County from 1864 to 1874. On July 8, 1867, Mr. Adams married
Miss Clara Jane Hildreth, of Topsham. They have had five daughters and one son - Margaret Jane, Sarah Angeline,
Clara Augusta, Alice Fairfield, Francis, Pauline Hildreth, all living but Alice Fairfield, who died in infancy.
George Evans Hughes was born in Boston, January 19, 1852. His education was commenced in the schools of Bath, graduating
from the High School in 1869, and having fitted for college he entered Bowdoin in 1873. In 1874 he took charge
of Bath High School and was principal of it until 1884, when he resigned to enter upon the practice of law, of
which he had made a study during his years of teaching. In 1884 he was admitted to the Bar of Sagadahoc County,
and opened an office in Bath.
Although not entering largely into party politics, Mr. Hughes acceded to the wishes of the Democratic party of
the city to run as its candidate for member of the Legislature in 1884, and for mayor in 1888, and at each election
received a large complimentary vote in a city overwhelmingly Republican.
In July, 1884, Mr. Hughes married Miss Susan M. Nealley, daughter of L. S. J. Nealley, who was for many years collector
of the Port of Bath.
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894
Sagadahoc County, ME
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