JAMES M. ADAMS
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(ca. 1790- 1856)
Marshall and Madison County, Alabama
James M. Adams, of Marshall, was a young lawyer, and came to the House in 1840, serving a number of sessions thereafter. In 1851, he was elected Solicitor of the Huntsville Circuit. His career of usefulness was terminated in 1857, when he was lost in the Gulf of Mexico, by a collision of steamers between Galveston and New Orleans. His abilities were promising, and the future seemed to have in store for him much honor and happiness when he was suddenly cut off by one of those calamities to which life is ever exposed, even when fortune seems the most propitious.
James came to Marshall County about 1838, probably from East, Tennessee. He was elected a member of the legislature from this county in 1840, 1849, and 1850. In 1851 he was elected solicitor of the Huntsville circuit, a position he continued to hold until his death.
He had an extensive practice in Marshall County. He was married and left two daughters:
- Mrs. Calvin R. Capshaw
- Catherine Adams, m, Julius Lindsay Burke
- REMINISCENCES PUBLIC MEN IN ALABAMA, FOR THIRTY YEARS, W1TH AN APPENDIX. WILLIAM GAEEETT, LATE SECRETARY OF STATE, ATLANTA, GEORGIA: PLANTATION PUBLISHING COMPANY S PRESS, 1872.
- History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen