October 25, 1849, Malden, Massachusetts.

June 22, 1922.

Newton Cemetery, Newton, Massachusetts.

Son of John Greenleaf and Mary Hall Barrett Adams, John attended high schools in Providence, Rhode Island and Lowell, Massachusetts, and graduated from Tufts College, Massachusetts (AB 1870) & Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BD 1872). He served as pastor of the Newton Universalist Church, Newton, Massachusetts (1872–80); First Universalist Church, Lynn, Massachusetts (1880–84); St. Paul’s Universalist Church, Chicago, Illinois (1884–90); All Souls’ Universalist Church, Brooklyn, New York (1890–1901); and Church of the Redeemer, Hartford, Connecticut (1901–22). He became a trustee of Tufts College in 1880, and of the Universalist General Convention in 1895. His works include:

  1. It Swells upon the Noon-Day Breeze
  2. Trump of God Is Sounding, The
  3. We Praise Thee, God, for Harvests Earned