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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1887

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Henry R. Adams

(Ap'd O.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1883, to June 12, 1887, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Add. Second Lieut., 23d Infantry, June 12, 1887.

Second Lieut., 25th Infantry, Sep. 1, 1887.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Meade, Dak., Sep. 5, 1887, to May 16, 1888; and on leave of absence, to Sep. 1, 1888.

Resigned, Sep. 1, 1888.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, Cleveland, Ohio.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, Cleveland, Ohio.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Henry Ranney Adams, Born April –––, 1864.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 25th Infantry, Sept. 1, 1887.

Resigned, Sept. 1, 1888.

Civil History. — Unknown. Was in Los Angeles, Cal., in 1918, and applied from there to War Department for commission.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History. —

Second Lieutenant, 25th Infantry, Sept. 1, 1887.

Resigned, Sept. 1, 1888.

Civil History. — Subsequent history unknown. Was in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1918 and applied from there to War Department for commission.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

1st Lt. 25th Inf., Sept. 1, 1887.

Resigned, Sept. 1, 1888.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

1st Lt 25th Inf, 1 Sep 1887.

Resd 1 Sep 1888

Civil History: — Ellison Apts, Venice Calif

Date and place of death unknown.​a

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Adams' death is not recorded in the Register, but its occurrence on Feb. 14, 1953 is recorded in an obituary in the Los Angeles Times (Feb. 17th): my thanks to Kristin Kaercher, a collateral descendant, who kindly forwarded it to me. It provides the further information that he had been living in Southern California for more than 35 years — at the time of his death, in Santa Monica — and had been active in the California Republican Central Committee.

The Web has traces of at least one book almost certainly by him, The Betrayal of America and the Rise and Decline of the Republican Party: (and with it the Nation), 1951; and a small work of which he was a co‑author or to which he contributed: Lecture Notes on Natural and Experimental Philosophy with Corrections, Comments and Grades "by Lt. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Arthur Murray, assistant professor of philosophy". He also wrote the West Point Association of Graduates obituary (q.v.) of at least one fellow classmate, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Edward C. Young.

I also found the following information in the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for the Adams Bag Company Paper Mill and Sack Factory in Chagrin Falls, OH, prepared Sept. 26, 2011 (which had been online at the Ohio Historical Society for a while, but with the continuing shrinkage of the Web is now gone):

On May 16, 1888, Fitch Adams passed away at his home at 1358 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. (Exponent [Chagrin Falls] 24 May 1888; The Cleveland Social Directory). He had been coowner of Adams Co, and at the same time headed the Cleveland based Adams, Jewett & Co. At his father's death, Henry Ranney Adams resigned his commission in the military at Fort Meade, Dakota and came home to Cleveland to become superintendent and general manager of Adams, Jewett & Co. and the Chagrin Falls, Adams Co. manufacturing operations. (Adams 1899, 56).

Thayer's Note: That last reference is to Adams, Comfort A., Adams Family History, Genealogy Collection, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio, 1899.

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