1838 - Born in Boston
- An American historian, was the son of Charles Francis Adams and the descendant of two presidents
1850-1860 - Gradually abandoned his family’s involvement in politics to pursue the study of history
- Traveled abroad as the secretary of his father after completing his studies at Harvard
1870 - Taught history at Harvard
- Became the editor of the North American Review, a reform journal that focused attention on corruption
and advocated civil service reforms
1877-1879 - Edited the papers and wrote a biography of Albert Gallatin
1880 - Anonymously published a satirical novel, Democracy
1889-1891 - His research in this period of American history culminated in his 9-volume History of the United States
1885 - His wife’s suicide lead him to searching for new meaning in life and history
1913 - In Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, a spiritual odyssey; expressed his admiration for the medieval church
1918 - The Education of Henry Adams, an autobiography
1918 - Died on March 27
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- "The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies."
- "One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible."
- "Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of facts."
- "You say that love is nonsense....I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day; a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength."
- "A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops."