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William Charles Adamson (August 13, 1854 – January 3, 1929) was a United States Representative from Georgia, an Associate Justice of the United States Customs Court and a member of the Board of General Appraisers.

William C. Adamson
Associate Justice of the United States Customs Court
In office
May 28, 1926 – January 20, 1928
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established by 44 Stat. 669
Succeeded byGenevieve R. Cline
Member of the Board of General Appraisers
In office
September 24, 1917 – May 28, 1926
Appointed byWoodrow Wilson
Preceded byHenderson M. Somerville
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – December 18, 1917
Preceded byCharles L. Moses
Succeeded byWilliam C. Wright
Personal details
William Charles Adamson

(1854-08-13)August 13, 1854
Bowdon, Georgia
DiedJanuary 3, 1929(1929-01-03) (aged 74)
New York City, New York
Resting placeCity Cemetery
Carrollton, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBowdon College (A.B.)
read law

Education and careerEdit

Born on August 13, 1854, in Bowdon, Georgia, Adamson attended the common schools.[1] He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Bowdon College in 1874.[1] He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Carrollton, Georgia.[1] He served as judge of the city court of Carrollton from 1885 to 1889.[1] He served as an attorney for the city of Carrollton for a number of years.[1] He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892.[2]

Congressional serviceEdit

Adamson was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives of the 55th United States Congress and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until December 18, 1917, when he resigned.[2] He served as Chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce for the 62nd through 65th United States Congresses.[2]

Notable legislationEdit

The Adamson Act, which regulated the hours of railroad workers, was named for Adamson.[citation needed]

Federal Judicial ServiceEdit

Adamson was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson on September 20, 1917, to a seat on the Board of General Appraisers vacated by Henderson M. Somerville.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 20, 1917, and received his commission on September 24, 1917.[1] Adamson was reassigned by operation of law to the United States Customs Court on May 28, 1926, to a new Associate Justice seat authorized by 44 Stat. 669.[1] His service terminated on January 20, 1928, due to his retirement.[1] He was succeeded by Associate Justice Genevieve R. Cline.[1]

Retirement and deathEdit

Adamson resumed the practice of law in Carrollton.[1] He died while on a visit in New York City, New York, on January 3, 1929.[1] He was interred in City Cemetery in Carrollton.[2] Adamson Square in downtown Carrollton was named in his honor.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Adamson, William Charles - Federal Judicial Center".
  2. ^ a b c d United States Congress. "William C. Adamson (id: A000051)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles L. Moses
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
William C. Wright
Legal offices
Preceded by
Henderson M. Somerville
Member of the Board of General Appraisers
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 44 Stat. 669
Associate Justice of the United States Customs Court
Succeeded by
Genevieve R. Cline