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ADAMS, SAMUEL (1849-1928)

ADAMS, SAMUEL, native son and benefactor; b. Douglastown, 24 Nov 1849 (bap. 1 Jan 1850, 5 wks.), s/o Samuel Adams Sr and Mary Ann Daley; brother of Michael Adams and Richard B. Adams; m. 1st, Ann M. Burns, d/o Thomas E. Burns and Ann Ryan, and 2nd, 1898, Mrs Irene Adele Hyde; d. Scarsdale, N.Y., 11 Jun 1928.

Samuel Adams went to New York as a youth, and like several of his brothers, worked for the dry-goods firm of Claflin & Co. In 1880, he left that business and moved to Leadville, Colorado, which was in the midst of a mining boom. There he formed the Adams Mining Co. and conducted a silver mine. His business was successful, and he was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1886. In 1889, however, he sold out and returned to New York to become a 'merchant prince' on Sixth Avenue. He was also a major shareholder at one time in the lumber firm of Burns, Adams & Co. of Bathurst, N.B., which took over an ailing business formerly owned by his in-laws.

Adams was a frequent visitor to the Miramichi for business and sporting purposes, and he never lost interest in his home community of Douglastown. For many years he made annual prizes and treats available to the pupils of the Douglastown school and gave generously to local campaigns and charities. His contribution to the fund for the construction of the Catholic church in Douglastown was especially appreciated, and it was probably not coincidental that when the church was consecrated on 15 September 1901, it was named in honor of St Samuel.

Adams's first wife, Ann M. Burns, died in 1896. He was survived by three sons, his second wife also having predeceased him.


[b/d] Advocate 19 Jun 1928 [m] Advocate 1 Nov 1898 / Advance 19 Aug 1897, 16 May 1901, 19 Sep 1901; Advocate 8 Sep 1880, 18 Feb 1891, 26 Jun 1895, 13 Nov 1895, 11 Mar 1896, 17 Apr 1901, 1 Apr 1903; Globe 8 Nov 1886