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Sherman Adams
2nd White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 1953 – October 7, 1958
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by John R. Steelman
Succeeded by Wilton Persons
67th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 6, 1949 – January 1, 1953
Preceded by Charles M. Dale
Succeeded by Hugh Gregg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947
Preceded by Foster W. Stearns
Succeeded by Norris Cotton
Personal details
Llewelyn Sherman Adams

(1899-01-08)January 8, 1899
East Dover, Vermont, U.S.
Died October 27, 1986(1986-10-27) (aged 87)
Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political party Republican
Rachel Leona White
(m. 1923; died 1979)
Education Dartmouth College (BA)

Llewelyn Sherman Adams (January 8, 1899 – October 27, 1986) was a politician in the United States. He was the Governor of New Hampshire from January 6, 1949 until January 1, 1953. He was the White House Chief of Staff from January 20, 1953 until October 7, 1958. He was the second White House Chief of Staff. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made Adams the Chief of Staff.


Adams was forced to resign as Chief of Staff in 1958. He had to resign because he had accepted a coat and a rug as gifts. The coat cost a lot of money. Bernard Goldfine gave Adams the coat and rug. The Federal Trade Commission was investigating Goldfine when he gave the coat and rug to Adams.

Vice President Richard Nixon said that he told Adams to resign. But Time said that Meade Alcorn told Adams to resign.


Adams married Rachel Leona White in 1923. They had one son, Samuel. They had three daughters, Jean, Sarah, and Marion.

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