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George Madison Adams

George Madison Adams (December 20, 1837 – April 6, 1920) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, nephew of Green Adams.

George Madison Adams
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byJohn M. Rice
Succeeded byJohn D. White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1873
Preceded byWilliam H. Randall
Succeeded byMilton J. Durham
21st Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
In office
December 6, 1875 – December 5, 1881
Preceded byEdward McPherson
Succeeded byEdward McPherson
50th Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
September 3, 1887 – August 25, 1891
GovernorSimon Bolivar Buckner
Preceded byJames A. McKenzie
Succeeded byWillis Ringo
Personal details
Born(1837-12-20)December 20, 1837
Barbourville, Kentucky
DiedApril 6, 1920(1920-04-06) (aged 82)
Winchester, Kentucky
Resting placeLexington Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsNephew of Green Adams
Alma materCentre College
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
RankUnion army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
UnitCompany H, 7th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Born in Barbourville, Kentucky, Adams received private instruction from his father and studied law at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He served as clerk of the circuit court of Knox County, Kentucky from 1859 to 1861. During the Civil War, he raised a company of volunteers and was captain of Company H, 7th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, from 1861 to 1863. In 1863 was commissioned paymaster with the rank of captain.

Adams was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1875). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress.

Adams was elected Clerk of the House of Representatives December 6, 1875, during the Forty-fourth Congress, and served until the commencement of the Forty-seventh Congress, December 5, 1881. He was appointed register of the Kentucky land office by Gov. J. Proctor Knott and served from 1884 to 1887. He was appointed secretary of state for Kentucky by Gov. Simon B. Buckner and served from 1887 to 1891. He was appointed State railroad commissioner in 1891. He was appointed United States pension agent at Louisville by President Cleveland and served from 1894 to 1898. After retirement he resided at Winchester, Kentucky, until his death April 6, 1920. He was interred at Lexington Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "George Madison Adams (id: A000035)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • George Madison Adams at Find a Grave

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Randall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th congressional district

1867 – 1873
Succeeded by
Milton J. Durham
Preceded by
John M. Rice
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th congressional district

1873 – 1875
Succeeded by
John D. White