46 Facts About Henry Adams


Henry Brooks Adams was an American historian and a member of the Adams political family, descended from two US presidents.


Henry Adams's posthumously published memoir, The Education of Henry Adams, won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to be named by the Modern Library as the best English-language nonfiction book of the 20th century.


Henry Adams was born in Boston on February 16,1838, into one of the country's most prominent families.


Henry Adams returned home from Europe in the midst of the heated presidential election of 1860.


Henry Adams tried his hand again at law, taking employment with Judge Horace Gray's Boston firm, but this was short-lived.


Henry Adams accompanied his father to London as his private secretary.


Henry Adams became the anonymous London correspondent for The New York Times.

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Henry Adams worked to introduce the young Henry James to English society, with the help of his closest and lifelong friend Charles Milnes Gaskell and his wife Lady Catherine.


In 1868, Henry Adams returned to the United States and settled in Washington, DC, where he began working as a journalist.


Henry Adams saw himself as a traditionalist longing for the democratic ideal of the 17th and 18th centuries.


In 1870, Henry Adams was appointed professor of medieval history at Harvard, a position he held until his early retirement in 1877 at 39.


Henry Adams was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1875.


In 1884, Henry Adams was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society.


In 1894, Henry Adams was elected president of the American Historical Association.


Henry Adams's address, entitled "The Tendency of History," was delivered in absentia.


In 1904, Henry Adams privately published a copy of his "Mont Saint Michel and Chartres", a pastiche of history, travel, and poetry that celebrated the unity of medieval society, especially as represented in the great cathedrals of France.


Originally meant as a diversion for his nieces and "nieces-in-wish", it was publicly released in 1913 at the request of Ralph Henry Adams Cram, an important American architect, and published with support of the American Institute of Architects.


Henry Adams published The Education of Henry Adams in 1907, in a small private edition for selected friends.


Only following Henry Adams's death was The Education made available to the general public, in an edition issued by the Massachusetts Historical Society.


John Quincy Henry Adams II was a graduate of Harvard, practiced law, and was a Democratic member for several terms of the Massachusetts general court.


Henry Adams became an authority on railway management as the author of Railroads, Their Origin and Problems, and as president of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1884 to 1890.


Henry Adams collaborated with Henry on the editing of The North Atlantic Review and other projects.


Henry Adams's books include The Gold Standard, The Law of Civilization and Decay, America's Economic Supremacy, The New Empire, The Theory of Social Revolutions, and The Emancipation of Massachusetts.


On June 27,1872, Henry Adams married Clover Hooper in Beverly, Massachusetts.


Henry Adams worked as a journalist and continued working as a historian.

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On Sunday morning, December 6,1885, after a late breakfast at their home, 1607 H Street on Lafayette Square, Clover Hooper Henry Adams went to her room.


Henry Adams went upstairs to her room to ask if she would receive the visitor and found his wife lying on a rug before the fire; an opened vial of potassium cyanide, which Clover had frequently used in processing photographs, lay nearby.


Henry Adams carried his wife to a sofa, then ran for a doctor.


Henry Adams's death has been attributed to depression over her father's death, as well as a family history of mental depression and suicide.


Henry Adams's autobiography maintains a profound silence about his wife after her suicide.


Henry Adams first met Elizabeth Cameron in January 1881 at a reception in the drawing room of the house of John and Clara Hay.


Henry Adams initiated a correspondence with Lizzie on May 19,1883, when she and her husband departed for Europe.


Indeed, after her death, Henry Adams found a letter from Clover to her sister Ellen which had not been posted.


In 1912, Henry Adams suffered a stroke, perhaps brought on by news of the sinking of the Titanic, for which he had purchased tickets to return to the US from Europe.


My first picture of this supposedly stern, rather biting Mr Henry Adams is of an old gentleman in a victoria outside of our house on N Street.


Henry Adams did request that the children of the house come out and join him in the victoria;.


Henry Adams loved to shock his hearers, and I think he knew that those who were worth their salt would understand him and pick out of the knowledge which flowed from his lips the things which might be useful, and discard the cynicism as an old man's defense against his own urge to be [still] an active factor in the work of the world.


On March 27,1918, Henry Adams died in Washington, DC, at age 80.


Henry Adams was interred beside his wife in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC.


Henry Adams considered the US Constitution itself as belonging to the Anglo-Saxon "race", and as an expression of "Germanic freedom".


Henry Adams went so far as to criticize fellow scholars for not being absolute enough in their Anglo-Saxonism, such as William Stubbs, whom he criticized for downplaying the significance, as he saw it, of "Germanic law" or hundred law in its contribution to English common law.


Henry Adams's letters were "peppered with a variety of antisemitic remarks", according to historian Robert Michael, as in the following citations from historian Edward Saveth:.


Edward Chalfant's definitive three-volume biography of Henry Adams includes an exhaustive, well-documented examination of Henry Adams's "antisemitism" in its second volume, Improvement of the World.


In 1910, Henry Adams printed and distributed to university libraries and history professors the small volume A Letter to American Teachers of History proposing a "theory of history" based on the second law of thermodynamics and the principle of entropy.


Henry Adams made many attempts to respond to the criticism of his formulation from his scientific colleagues, but the work remained incomplete at Henry Adams's death in 1918.

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In Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, Henry Adams argues that the previous nineteen hundred years of civilization dating from the birth of Christ had been dominated by the feminine, fertile image of the Blessed Virgin, and that the industrial "dynamo" was a masculine, destructive force which would upend history.