Charles Bayley Adams

Charles Bayley Adams (September 2, 1887 – February 6, 1961) was a Vermont politician, judge and attorney who served as President of the Vermont State Senate and a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Early lifeEdit

Charles Bayley Adams was born in Randolph, Vermont on September 2, 1887, a son of Jairus B. Adams and Effie (Thurston) Adams.[1] He was educated in the public schools of Randolph, and graduated from the State Normal School in Randolph in 1905 and Montpelier Seminary in 1907.[1]

Adams received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1913 and settled in Waterbury, Vermont, where he established a law practice.[2][3][4][5][6]

Start of careerEdit

A Republican, Adams served in local offices including town lister (1917–1918), and town clerk and village clerk (1919 – 1937).[1] From 1920 to 1926 he served as Washington County State's Attorney.[1]

Adams was elected to the Vermont Senate in 1930 and served two terms, 1931 to 1935.[1] From 1933 to 1935 he was the Senate's President Pro Tem.[7]

In 1934 Adams was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives.[1] He was reelected in 1936, and served from 1935 until 1937, when he resigned.[8][9]

Judicial careerEdit

Adams resigned from the House to accept appointment as a Judge of the Vermont Superior Court, where he served from 1937 to 1949.[10]

In 1949 Adams was elevated to the Vermont Supreme Court, succeeding the retiring John S. Buttles, and he served as an Associate Justice until retiring in 1959.[11][12]

Death and burialEdit

Adams died in Burlington on February 9, 1961.[13][14] He was buried in Waterbury's Hope Cemetery.[15]


In 1916, Adams married Jeanette Metzger of Randolph.[1] They were the parents of two children, Charles and Catherine.[1]

Adams' son Charles J. Adams served as Vermont Attorney General from 1962 to 1963.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Charles Adams, Retired State Supreme Court Justice, Dies". Rutland Herald. Rutland, VT. February 7, 1961. p. 2 – via
  2. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1947, page 589
  3. ^ James Clark Fifield, The American Bar, 1918, page 674
  4. ^ Phi Kappa Phi fraternity, Journal of Phi Kappa Phi, Volumes 1-6, 1915, page 44
  5. ^ University of Maine at Orono, Annual Catalog, 1913, page 240
  6. ^ University of Maine Alumni Association, Alumni Directory, 1921, page 108
  7. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1955, page 594
  8. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1935, page 484
  9. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1941, page 620
  10. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1957, page 606
  11. ^ University of Maine at Orono, The Maine Alumnus, Volume 30, Issue 5, 1949
  12. ^ George Derby, James Terry White, The National Cyclopædia of American Biography, Volume 49, 1966
  13. ^ Vermont Bar Association, Annual Meeting Proceedings, 1961, page 24
  14. ^ Vermont Death Records, entry for Charles Bayley Adams, accessed July 4, 2012
  15. ^ Charles Bayley Adams page, Find A Grave, accessed July 4, 2012
  16. ^ "Mrs. Jeanette Adams Dies, had Active Life". Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT. November 25, 1975. p. 8 – via
  17. ^ "Obituary, Charles J. Adams". Times Argus. Barre, VT. May 17, 2008.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
Political offices
Preceded by
William H. Wills
President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate
1933 – 1935
Succeeded by
William H. Wills
Preceded by
John S. Buttles
Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
1949 – 1959
Succeeded by
Milford K. Smith