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Parmenio Adams (September 9, 1776 – February 19, 1832) was a businessman and politician from New York. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Parmenio Adams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th district
In office
January 7, 1824 – March 3, 1827
Preceded byIsaac Wilson
Succeeded byDavid Ellicott Evans
Personal details
BornSeptember 9, 1776 (1776-09-09)
Simsbury, Connecticut
DiedFebruary 19, 1832 (1832-02-20) (aged 55)
Alexander, Genesee County, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Eleanor Wells Adams
ChildrenJames Adams
Sarah Adams
Sarah Adams
Laura Adams
ProfessionBusinessman, Politician, Miller, Construction Contractor
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceNew York State Militia
CommandsCommandant of the New York Volunteers
Battles/warsWar of 1812


Adams was born in Simsbury, Connecticut to Parmenio Adams and Chloe Nearing. He married Eleanor Wells on October 23, 1795 and they had four children, James, Sarah, Sarah, and Laura.[1]

In 1806, Adams moved his family to Phelps Corners, which is now located in part of the Village of Attica, which lies in the Town of Alexander. Adams served as lieutenant of light Infantry, captain of Grenadiers, second and first major, and division inspector of Infantry in the New York State Militia from 1806 until 1816. During the War of 1812, he was active on the Niagara frontier as Major, division inspector of Infantry, and commandant of the New York Volunteers.[2]

Adams was Sheriff of Genesee County from 1815 to 1816 and again from 1818 to 1821. He had agricultural interests, ran a gristmill, and was a construction contractor on the Erie Canal.[3]

At the United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 1822, Isaac Wilson was declared elected in the 29th District by a small margin. Adams contested Wilson's election, showing that the returns had been certified mistakenly, and Adams was seated in the 18th United States Congress as an Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican on January 7, 1824. Adams was re-elected as an Adams man to the 19th United States Congress, holding office until March 3, 1827.[4] He returned to his personal businesses.[citation needed]


Adams died in Alexander, Genesee County, New York, on February 19, 1832.[5] He is interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, in the Town of Attica, now in Wyoming County.[6]


  1. ^ "Parmenio Adams". Roots Web Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Parmenio Adams". Find A Grave. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  3. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 3 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  4. ^ "Parmenio Adams". Govtracck US Congress. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  5. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 3 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  6. ^ "Parmenio Adams". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 31 July 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaac Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Ellicott Evans