Charles Kendall Adams

Charles Kendall Adams
Born (1835-01-24)January 24, 1835
Derby, Vermont
Died July 26, 1902(1902-07-26) (aged 67)
Redlands, California
Education University of Michigan
Title President of Cornell University
Term 1885 – 1892
Predecessor Andrew Dickson White
Successor Jacob Gould Schurman
Spouse(s) Mary Mathews Adams

Charles Kendall Adams (January 24, 1835 – July 26, 1902) was an American educator and historian. He served as the second president of Cornell University from 1885 until 1892, and as president of the University of Wisconsin from 1892 until 1901. He was the editor-in-chief of Johnson's Universal Cyclopaedia (1892-1895),[1] and of the successor Universal Cyclopaedia (1900), sometimes referred to as Appleton's Universal Cyclopaedia.


He was born in on January 24, 1835 in Derby, Vermont, and he studied with Andrew Dickson White, Cornell's first president, at the University of Michigan, from where he graduated in 1861.[1] Adams was then assistant professor of Latin and history at Michigan from 1863 to 1867, and full professor of history from 1867 to 1885. Having studied in Germany, France, and Italy in 1867 and 1868, he followed the German method of instruction, and in 1869 and 1870 established an historical seminary which proved of great value in promoting the study of history and political science. In 1881 he was made non-resident professor of history at Cornell, and in 1885 succeeded White as president of Cornell.[1][2] He was forced to resign at Cornell due to conflicts with the faculty over honorary degrees and control of faculty appointments.[3]

In 1890 he was president of the American Historical Association.[1] In 1892 he was elected president of the University of Wisconsin, where he remained until 1901. He died on July 26, 1902.[4]



  1. 1 2 3 4  Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Adams, Charles Kendall". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
  2. "Cornell's New President". The New York Times. November 20, 1885. Retrieved July 17, 2009. The inauguration of Charles Kendall Adams as President of Cornell University was successfully carried out to-day. The day was not a pleasant one for the march from the university buildings to the armory, but all passed off well despite the clouds ...
  3. "Charles Kendall Adams Resigns." (PDF). New York Times. October 11, 1901. Retrieved July 17, 2009. The resignation of President Charles Kendall Adams is in the hands of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin, ...
  4. "Charles Kendall Adams's Will." (PDF). New York Times. August 10, 1902. Retrieved July 17, 2009. The will of the late Charles Kenaall Adams, formerly President of the University of Wisconsin, who died recently at Redlands, Cal. has been filed for ...

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Charles Kendall Adams
Academic offices
Preceded by
Andrew Dickson White
President of Cornell University
Succeeded by
Jacob Gould Schurman
Preceded by
Thomas C. Chamberlin
President of the University of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Edward Birge

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