Henry Brooks Adams, 1838 - 1918

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Born: 16 February 1838, Boston, Massachusetts
Died: 27 March 1918, Washington City

His father Charles Francis Adams was a statesman of note, later serving as minister to England during the Civil War. His grandfather was John Quincy Adams, the sixth US president, and his great grandfather was John Adams, the second president. His mother was the daughter of the wealthiest family in Boston. The family home included the largest private library in Boston. Naturally, he went to Harvard. After graduation in 1858 Henry began the classical "Grand Tour", then served as private secretary to his father from 1861 to 1868 in the embassy at London. He took up journalism on his return, then was named Professor of Mediaeval History at Harvard. He wrote well-regarded history, biography, a couple of novels, and his autobiography (The Education of Henry Adams) won a Pulitzer.

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