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Charles Follen Adams
Charles Follen Adams
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 A dialect poet.

Adams, Charles Follen.

From: One of a Thousand. A Series of Biographical Sketches of One Thousand Representative Men Resident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, A.D. 1888-89. Compiled under the editorial supervision of John C. Rand. Boston: First National Publishing Company, 1890.

Adams, Charles Follen, son of Ira and Mary Elizabeth (Senter) Adams, was born in Dorchester, Norfolk County, April 21, 1842. He was the youngest but one of ten children, and has now five sisters and three brothers living.

He received a common school education, and leaving the grammar school in Dorchester at fifteen years of age, went as a boy into the well-known house of N.D. Whitney & Co., Boston, to learn the business. He was afterwards salesman in the same house, then went into business for himself with John D. Clapp, under the firm name of J.D. Clapp & Co. In 1872 he became a partner in the firm of Nicholson & Adams, hair goods for ladies? wear, and later on made a change in business to that of furnishing supplies for the five, ten and twenty-five cent counters that have had such a phenomenal run?the firm name being Newell, Adams & Co. He sold out his interest January 1, 1885, and is now doing a manufacturing and commission, in addition to his journalistic work.

At the age of twenty, August, 1862, he enlisted in the 13th regiment Massachusetts volunteers, and was in the battles of Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg?wounded in the latter and held prisoner for three days, when he was re-captured and taken to the hospitals in New York and Rhode Island. After his recovery he was detailed as wardmaster in the convalescent hospital at Washington, where he remained until his term of service expired, in August, 1864. He returned home and established the business that has since demanded his attention. The literary portion of his life is only his diversion, never interfering with his methodical business habits.

Charles Follen Adams, however is best known from his humorous and dialectic poems, he having sprung into recognition at once upon the production of his ?Leedle Yawcob Strauss.? His first effort at rhyme was written in 1870, and his first dialectic verse, ?The Puzzled Dutchman,? appeared in 1872. From that time he was an occasional contributor to Boston papers, ?Oliver Optic?s Magazine,? ?Scribner?s Monthly,? and others until 1876 when ?Leedle Yawcob Strauss? appeared in the ?Detroit Free Press,? since which time his poems have appeared in that paper, ?Harper?s Magazine,? and other publications. The house of Lee & Shepard, published Mr. Adams?s first volume of poems, entitled ?Leedle Yawcob Strauss, and Other Poems.? His second volume, entitled ?Dialect Ballads,? was published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1887), being a companion to the former volume. Mr. Adams was married in Boston, October 11, 1870, to Hattie Louise, daughter of James and Emily Dorcas (Snell) Mills. Of this union are two children: Charles Mills and Ella Paige Adams.




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Vas Marriage a Failure Cover Charles Follen Adams
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 His works include:

Dialect Ballads. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888.

Leedle Yawcob Strauss. ca. 1890

Der Oak und der Vine. ca. 1890

Vas Marriage a Failure? ca. 1890

Yawcob's Dribulations. 1894.

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