1866 – Charles Francis was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on August 2, 1866.
1888 – Adams graduated cum laude from Harvard College.
1892 – Adams graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He was first a lawyer, then went into business.
1920 – He skippered the America’s Cup defender Resolute and soon became known as the "Dean of American Helmsmen".
1929-1933 – As Secretary of the Navy, from 1929 to 1933, he vigorously promoted public understanding of the Navy’s indispensable role in international affairs, and worked strenuously to maintain naval strength and efficiency during a period of severe economic depression. He served at the London Naval Conference in 1930 where he successfully maintained the principle of United States naval parity with Britain.
1954 – He died on June 10, 1954 and is interred in Mount Wollaston Cemetery in Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts next to his father, Charles Francis Adams, Jr., and his grandfather, Charles Francis Adams, Sr.