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Austin Adams

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Andover, Vermont, United States
Death: October 17, 1890 (64)
Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jerry Adams and Dorcas Adams
Husband of Mary Adams (Newbury)
Father of Annabell Goan; Eugene Adams; Herbert Francis Adams and Cecilia Keeler Blymyer

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About Austin Adams

HON. AUSTIN ADAMS, DUBUQUE, IOWA — Austin Adams was born at Andover, Windsor County, Vermont, on the 24th of May 1826, and is the son of Jerry Adams and Dorcas nee Austin. After closing his studies in the common schools, he, in his fourteenth year, entered Black River Academy, to complete his preparatory studies, and in his nineteenth year entered the sophomore class of Dartmouth College, at Hanover, New Hampshire, from which he graduated. After leaving college he accepted the situation of principal of the academy at West Randolph, Vermont, employing his leisure in studying law. Afterward he for a short time attended the Harvard Law School, and was admitted to practice at Windsor, Vermont, in January 1854. After his admission to the bar he formed a partnership with ex-Governor Coolidge, which, however, continued but a short time. The State of Iowa being fast settled up, he, in the fall of 1854, joined the western tide of emigration and settled in Dubuque, and being pleased with the location and prospects of the place, determined to make it his future home. Engaging at once in his profession, he soon built up a remunerative practice, and inspired in his fellow-citizens confidence in his ability, wisdom and honor, and was strongly urged by them to enter political life; and notwithstanding his modest preference to avoid the perplexities of public life and live in retirement, he was, in October, 1875, elected judge of the supreme court of Iowa for a term of six years. Politically, he has always been identified with the Republican Party, but has taken no active interest, more than to perform his duties as a citizen. He has been for some years a regent of the State University of Iowa, and in his own city was for a time president of the board of education. He was formerly a member of the Congregational church, but with thought and study became more liberal in his views, and is now a Unitarian. He was married in 1857, to Miss Mary Newbury, a daughter of Rev. Samuel Newbury, a Presbyterian clergyman. As a judge, he has gained a wide popularity, being known as a man who enters with his whole soul into whatever he engages, and to this may be attributed his success. Personally, Judge Adams has many rare qualities, and by his upright course of life, his manly independence of character, has made for himself an enviable reputation.

Source: [title] published in 1878. This text was accompanied by an engraving, uploaded July 17, 2011, to profile. Engraving is 3 1/2" x 5" on heavy stock paper measuring 8 1/2" x 11 3/4".

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Austin Adams's Timeline

May 24, 1826
Andover, Vermont, United States
Age 31
December 14, 1860
Age 34
Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Age 36
Age 38
October 17, 1890
Age 64
Dubuque, Iowa, United States