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Born (1910-07-25)July 25, 1910
Kansas City, Missouri
Died June 4, 1997(1997-06-04) (aged 86)
Education Groton School
Alma mater Harvard College
Spouse(s) Ramelle Frost Cochrane
Children 5
Parents John Francis Adams
Marian Morse Adams
Relatives Charles Adams Jr. (grandfather)
Mary Ogden Abbott (cousin)

Thomas Boylston Adams (July 25, 1910 – June 4, 1997)[1] was a 20th-century American business executive, writer, academician, and political candidate.

Early life

Adams was born on July 25, 1910 in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were John Francis Adams and Marian Morse Adams, and his grandfather was Charles Francis Adams Jr., through whom he was a member of the venerable Adams political family of Massachusetts and a descendant of American presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.[2]

Adams was graduated from the Groton School and then attended Harvard College. He was a captain in the Army Air Force during World War II, a vice president of the Sheraton Corporation of America from 1954 to 1963, and president of Adams Securities from 1964 to 1968.[2]


Adams was president of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1957–1975) and treasurer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1955–1990). He was a trustee of the Adams papers (a collection of 300,000 pages of diaries, letters and other writings papers from four generations of his family) and helped organize them for public use. He was a columnist for The Boston Globe from 1974 to 1991.[2]

In 1966, Adams, an early and vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, ran a quixotic campaign as a peace candidate for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate,[2][3] against two far better-known candidates: former governor Endicott Peabody and Boston mayor John F. Collins. Adams got about 8% of the vote as Peabody won the nomination (and was easily defeated in turn by Republican Edward Brooke). He ran for Congress in 1968 and was a delegate to the 1972 Democratic National Convention.[1]

Personal life

Adams was married for 57 years to the former Ramelle Frost Cochrane; the couple had five children.[2]

Adams died on June 4, 1997 in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He was survived by sons John Adams, Peter Boylston Adams, Francis Douglas Adams, Henry Bigelow Adams, a daughter Ramelle Frost Adams.[4]

Published works


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