The New International Encyclopædia/Adams, Brooks
ADAMS, Brooks (1848—). An American lawyer and social essayist. He was born at Quincy, Mass., a son of Charles Francis Adams (q.v.). He was educated in Quincy, in Washington, and in Europe, according to the changes of his father's residence. He graduated at Harvard in 1870, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law till 1881. He has since contributed much to magazines, and has published The Gold Standard, The Emancipation of Massachusetts (1887), a study in the evolution of religious freedom, an historical essay, The Law of Civilization and Decay, and America's Economic Supremacy (1900). His works are characterized by subtlety and originality.