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Adams, Llewellyn Sherman, 1899-1986

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1899 - 1986

Llewellyn Sherman Adams was born in 1899, in East Dover, Vermont. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1920. In 1940, he was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, to which he was reelected in 1942, and whose Speaker he became in 1943. In 1944, Adams was elected to the US Congress, and after running unsuccessfully for the governorship of N.H. in 1946, he was elected Governor of New Hampshire in 1948, and 1950. From 1951 to 1952, he worked on Eisenhower's presidential campaign and became his administrative assistant after Eisenhower's election. Adams was pressured to resign in 1958, when a House subcommittee revealed Adams had accepted an expensive vicuña overcoat and oriental rug from Bernard Goldfine, a Boston textile manufacturer who was being investigated for Federal Trade Commission violations. He returned to New Hampshire where he started Loon Mountain ski resort. In 1961, Adams published a series of articles in "Life" Magazine entitled "First-Hand Report," in which he ruminated upon his time in the White House and assessed the issues that faced the Eisenhower administration. Adams died in 1986.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

[North Conway,] NH to Katherine Benedict, Cambridge, MA, Letter

Mss 986574
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 986574
Overview Personal note to lifelong friend Katie Benedict commenting on the changing seasons. This was Adams' final letter, dictated from his hospital bed in North Conway, NH. Adams died three days later.

Sherman Adams papers

ML-8
 Collection
Identifier: ML-8
Overview Llewellyn Sherman Adams (1899-1986), governor of New Hampshire and assistant to President Eisenhower. Dartmouth College Class of 1920. The papers contain official documents, speeches and speech notes, transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, copies of White House press releases, personal correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, awards, citations and mementos, several drafts of "First-Hand Report," private memoranda, records of telephone conversations, and handwritten notes by Mr. Adams...

To Edward Bradley, Letter to Edward Bradley

Mss 980551
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 980551
Overview Personal note to Dartmouth Classics Professor Ed Bradley acknowledging his pleasure at joining a conference Bradley had organized.

Washington, D.C., to Reuben D. Silliman, East Orange, New Jersey, Letters

Mss 956202
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 956202
Overview 4 notes to Reuben Silliman on White House stationary thanking him for his kind words for President Eisenhower.