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PROF. C. D. ADAMS, now acting as president of Drury College, is a native of the Granite State, born at Keene, N. H., October 21, 1856, and of English origin, his ancestors coming to New England in Colonial times. Dr. Daniel Adams, his great-grandfather, was a man of much learning and the author of the first arithmetic ever published in New England. The latter's son, Rev. Daniel Adams, grandfather of our subject, was a graduate of Dartmouth College, where his father had graduated before him. He passed his days in New England as a pastor of the Congregational Church. His son, Daniel E. Adams, father of subject, was born in Camden, Me., and was educated at Bangor, that State, graduating from the theological seminary. He became a Congregational minister and followed his ministerial duties in New Hampshire for many years. He is now residing at Wellesley Hills, Mass., where he is still actively engaged as a minister of the gospel. He married Miss Frances Kingsbury, daughter of Charles Kingsbury, formerly of Keene, Mass., and three children have been born to this union, as follows: Charles D., Mary Catherine and George W. Prof. C. D. Adams entered Dartmouth College, where two of his; ancestors had received their education, in 1873, and graduated with honors from that well known institution in 1877. From 1877 to 1879 he was principal of an academy in Vermont, and was subsequently a student in the Andover Theological Seminary. This was from 1879 to 1881. From 1881 to 1884 he was instructed in Greek in Cushing Academy at Ashburnham, Mass., and was then called to Drury College as professor of Greek. Previous to this, in 1881, he married Miss Julia A. Stevens, of Wilton, N. H., and one child, Daniel E., whose birth occurred in 1891, has blessed this union. Both Professor and Mrs. Adams are members of the Congregational Church, and in politics; he is independent. In 1890 Prof. Adams visited Europe and passed some time in Germany studying Greek oratory. He traveled in Greece and Italy, and upon his return to Germany received the degree of Ph. H. D. at Kiel University. Returning to Drury College in 1891, he filled his former position until the death of President Ingals in 1892, when he was elected by the board of trustees as the acting president of Drury. In the spring of 1893 Prof. Adams received a call from Dartmouth College as professor of Greek, and he has resigned at Drury to accept the call from Dartmouth. His untiring energy, unflagging zeal, and ceaseless devotion manifested in the promotion of educational improvements have been highly appreciated in Springfield, and he is well known throughout the State as one of the leading educators.

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