Sherman Adams papers, 1916-1986 Rauner Manuscript ML-8


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.

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