William Richards Adams

Male12 September 1878–22 April 1927

Brief Life History of William Richards

When William Richards Adams was born on 12 September 1878, in Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States, his father, William Adams Jr, was 22 and his mother, Mary Jane Richards, was 21. He died on 22 April 1927, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Parowan Cemetery, Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Adams Jr
Mary Jane Richards
William Richards Adams
James Leech Adams
Morgan Adams

Sources (7)

  • R William Adams in household of William Adams, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Wm. Richards Adams, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
  • Wm Richards Adams, "Utah, Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860-1937"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (3)

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.


Age 12

Young William (Wilhelm) II dismisses Bismarck.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 18

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and German (mainly northwestern Germany): patronymic from the personal name Adam . In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Greek Adamopoulos , Serbian and Croatian Adamović (see Adamovich ), Polish (and Jewish) Adamski .

Irish and Scottish: adopted for McAdam or a Scottish variant of Adam , with excrescent -s.

History: This surname was borne by two early presidents of the US, father and son. They were descended from Henry Adams, who settled in Braintree, MA, in 1635/6, from Barton St. David, Somerset, England. The younger of them, John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) derived his middle name from his maternal grandmother's surname (see Quincy ). — Another important New England family, established mainly in NH, is descended from William Adams, who emigrated from Shropshire, England, to Dedham, MA, in 1628. James Hopkins Adams (1812–61), governor of SC, was unconnected with either of these families, his ancestry being Welsh; his forebears entered North America through PA.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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William Richards Adams (1878-1927)

William Richards Adams (1878-1927) William Richards Adams was born Sept 2, 1878 to William Adams and Mary Jane Richards at Parowan, Iron County, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University and while …

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