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George Madison Adams
A man with dark hair and a mustache wearing a dark jacket and vest, light tie, and white shirt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by John M. Rice
Succeeded by John D. White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by William H. Randall
Succeeded by Milton J. Durham
21st Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
In office
December 6, 1875 – December 5, 1881
Preceded by Edward McPherson
Succeeded by Edward McPherson
49th Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
September 3, 1887 – August 25, 1891
Governor Simon Bolivar Buckner
Preceded by James A. McKenzie
Succeeded by Willis Ringo
Personal details
Born (1837-12-20)December 20, 1837
Barbourville, Kentucky
Died April 6, 1920(1920-04-06) (aged 82)
Winchester, Kentucky
Resting place Lexington Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Relations Nephew of Green Adams
Alma mater Centre College
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Union Army
Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
Unit Company H, 7th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

George Madison Adams (December 20, 1837 – April 6, 1920) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, nephew of Green Adams.

Early years

Adams was born in Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky, on December 20, 1837. He received private instruction from his father and studied law at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, but did not graduate. He served as clerk of the circuit court of Knox County, from 1859 to 1861.

During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union army, raised a company of volunteers and was captain of Company H, 7th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, from 1861 to 1863. In 1863 he was appointed additional paymaster of volunteers with the rank of captain, serving until 1865.


Adams was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth and to the three succeeding Congresses from March 4, 1867 to March 3, 1875 (41st, 42rd and 43rd congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress.

Adams was elected Clerk of the House of Representatives on December 6, 1875, during the Forty-fourth Congress, and served until the commencement of the Forty-seventh Congress, December 5, 1881.

He was appointed register of the Kentucky land office by Governor J. Proctor Knott and served from 1884 to 1887. He was appointed secretary of state for Kentucky by Governor Simon B. Buckner and served from 1887 to 1891. He was appointed Kentucky State railroad commissioner in 1891. He was appointed United States pension agent at Louisville by President Grover Cleveland and served from 1894 to 1898.

Last years

After retirement he resided at Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, until his death April 6, 1920. He was interred at Lexington Cemetery at Lexington, Kentucky.

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