The New International Encyclopædia/Adams, Henry
ADAMS, Henry (1838—). An American historian, third son of Charles Francis Adams (q.v.). He was born in Boston and graduated at Harvard in 1858. He was private secretary to his father when the latter was Minister to England, assistant professor of history at Harvard from 1870 to 1877, and editor of the North American Review in 1875 and 1876. One of the fruits of his original methods of instruction was a volume of Essays on Anglo-Saxon Law (1876), of which he wrote the first, on Anglo-Saxon Courts of Law. The others were by H. C. Lodge. E. Young, and J. L. McLaughlin. He subsequently made his home in Washington, and devoted himself to a study of the administrations of Jefferson and Madison, the results of which appeared in nine volumes as a History of the United States from 1801 to 1817 (1889-90), a work of original research. He previously edited the writings of Albert Gallatin (3 volumes, 1879), and wrote a life of John Randolph (1882; second edition, 1898) for the American Statesmen Series.