Educated at Grinnell College and the University of Michigan, Adams graduated in 1887 and received his PhD in 1890. He joined the faculty of the University of Kansas as an assistant professor in 1891. In 1894, he became an associate professor of history and sociology. In 1902, he accepted an appointment as associate professor of history at Stanford University. There he would become a full professor in 1906 and would remain at Stanford until his death. Adams became an authority on British-American relations and on the American Civil War and his works in these areas are often quoted. A personal friend of Herbert Hoover, Adams was responsible for convincing Hoover to establish the Hoover War Library and would later serve as its first chairman and a member of the directing board. His many works include Control of the Purse in the United States Government (1894), Influence of Grenville on Pitt's Foreign Policy 1787-1798 (1904), British Interests and Activities i Texas 1838-1846 (1910), Lord Ashburton and the Treaty of Washington (1912), Great Britain and the American Civil War (1925) and A History of the United States (1931 Posthumous).
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English Interest in the Annexation of California
Lord Ashburton and the Treaty of Washington
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