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Lifetime: 1871 - 1958 Passed: ≈ 65 years ago




United States

Samuel Hopkins Adams

Samuel Hopkins Adams was an American writer who was an investigative journalist and muckraker.

Adams was born in Dunkirk, New York. Adams was a muckraker, known for exposing public-health injustices. He was the son of Myron Adams, Jr., a minister, and Hester Rose Hopkins. Adams attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York from 1887 to 1891. He also attended a semester at Union College. In 1907, Adams divorced his wife, Elizabeth Ruffner Noyes, after having two daughters. Eight years later Adams married an actress, Jane Peyton. Adams was a close friend of both the investigative reporter Ray Stannard Baker and District Attorney Benjamin Darrow.

Adams had a winter residence in Beaufort, South Carolina. He died in Beaufort on November 16, 1958, at the age of 87.

He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his home at Owasco Lake in New York State.

Adams's papers are archived in academic libraries, including Syracuse University, Hamilton College, and Harvard University. A significant portion of his collections are located at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Books by Samuel Hopkins Adams

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Flaming Youth

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Flaming Youth is a 1923 book, controversial in its time, by Samuel Hopkins Adams. In his retrospective essay "Echoes of the Jazz Age," writer F. Scott Fitzgerald argued that Adams' novel persuaded certain moralistic Americans that their young girls c...

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Secret of Lonesome Cove

A body is found on the beach not far from a New England town one morning. Curiously, nobody recognizes the dead woman, and nobody in or near the town seems to be a suspect in a possible murder, therefore most of them assume that she simply washed ash...