CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, M. D.
Occasionally we find an American born with royal lineage, but very seldom do we find that lineage traceable through both the English and French royalties to the earliest rulers of the Norman-French dynasties.
The subject of this sketch furnishes such an instance. From Charles Martel to Charlemagne, touching the English line in Matilda, the wife of William the Conqueror, and again in the Welsh line, in the marriage of Sir John Ap Adam to Elizabeth De Gournai and from there to Sir William Adams, Lord Mayor of London in 1630, whose brother Henry, the immediate ancestor of John and Samuel Adams, the line continues,in unbroken links to the present Dr. Adams. Still further, Ruth Wadsworth, a descendant of John Alden and daughter of the first president of Harvard College, was the great-grandmother of the doctor. Thus allied with royal blood on the other side of the water, this family of such honored distinction in American statesmanship and literature, gains for itself a greater renown where there are no thrones to mount or titles to augment the name.
Rev. John Quincy Adams, the father of Dr. Adams, was a distinguished clergyman of the Baptist church in the city of New York. It was here Charles Francis Adams was born March 18, 1857. A course in the public schools of New York was followed by a three years' course in Mount Washington Institute.
He then engaged in business, in which he continued three years.
In 1874 he entered the Hudson River Institute at Claverack, N. Y., and in 1877 was graduated from the school with honors. Entering Brown University immediately after this, he was graduated cum laude in the class of 1881.
His medical studies were begun in the New York Homoepathic College, from which he was graduated with high honors in the class of 1884. Upon the completion of his medical studies Dr. Adams settled in Hackensack, where he has not only attained to eminence in his profession, but, during the fourteen years' residence here, has also maintained the honor and dignity of the family name.
Upon the declaration of war with Spain, Dr. Adams, who was one of the assistant surgeons of the Second Regiment, N. G., N. J., at once went out with his regiment. He was soon promoted to be regimental surgeon, with the rank of major, and served with distinction until the close of the war.
James Van Valen, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1900