Washington “Wash” Adams was born in Boonville, Missouri. He was the son of Andrew Adams (1812-1887) of Kentucky, and his wife, Sarah Ann Flournoy (1821-1875) of Independence, MO. Their son was named after Andrew’s brother, Washington Adams, a noted judge of the Missouri Supreme Court. The younger Washington attended the University of Virginia in sessions 44-45 (1867-1869), and then read law in his uncle’s law office. He was admitted into the bar in 1870, and set up his practice in Kansas City. He was twice elected city attorney, and twice appointed Counselor of Kansas City. In addition, he served as County Counselor of Jackson County, Missouri.
On 5 Jun. 1877, Wash Adams married Ella B. Lincoln (25 Feb. 1852-21 May 1936), and the couple had one son, John W. Adams, who graduated from Harvard University and joined his father’s law practice. Washington Adams died of heart disease in 1924, and is buried in the Mount Washington Cemetery, in Independence, Missouri.
- Adams graves, Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, MO; Adams Memorial Cemetery, Bristle Ridge, MO. Findagrave.com (accessed 6/13/12)
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- [Ella B. Adams Death Certificate, died 21 May, 1936]. Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1961. [online database] <http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1936/1936_00020281.PDF> (accessed 6/13/12).
- [Mr. Washington Adams marries Miss Ella Lincoln.] Columbia Statesman, 8 June, 1877, p. 3.
- “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDZW-4FT : accessed 14 June 2012), W B Adams in household of Audren [Andrew] Adams, Boonville, Cooper, Missouri, United States.
- [Washington Adams Death Certificate, died 18 Nov. 1924]. Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1961. [online database] <http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1924/1924_00034960.PDF> (accessed 6/13/12).
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