July 30, 1810, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
May 4, 1887, Melrose, Massachusetts.
Adams married twice, to Martha A. Willard (1865), and Mary Hall Barrett.
Ordained in 1833 in Rumney, New Hampshire, he served in Claremont, New Hampshire (1836–38); Malden, Massachusetts (1838–53); Worcester, Massachusetts (1853–60); Providence, Rhode Island (1860–65); Lowell, Massachusetts (1865–74); Cincinnati, Ohio (1874–76); and Melrose, Massachusetts (1877–87).
In New Hampshire, Adams edited the Star in the East, and in Massachusetts the Gospel Teacher, Myrtle, and the Sunday School Helper. Buchtel College in Akron, Ohio, awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree in 1877. His works include:
- Practical Hints to Believers in the Gospel of Universal Grace and Salvation, 1840
- Hymns for Christian Devotion (co-editor with Dr. E. H. Chapin), 1846
- The Christian Victor: Or, Mortality and Immortality
- Memoir of Rev. John Moore: With Selections from His Correspondence, and Other Writings
- Our Day
- Gospel Psalmist, with S. B. Ball (Boston, Massachusetts: Universalist Publishing House, 1861)
- Memoir of Mary H. Adams, 1865
- The Sabbath School Melodist (Boston, Massachusetts: R. A. Ballou, 1866)
- Vestry Harmonies (Boston, Massachusetts: Universalist Publishing House, 1868)
- Memoir of Thomas Whittemore, 1877
- Talks About the Bible: To the Young Folks, 1881
- God’s Angels! Not Only on High Do They Sing
- Heaven Is Here, Its Hymns of Gladness
Adams’ burial place