Adamson was born on March 31, 1871 in Georgia to Augustus Pitt Adamson and Martilla Ellen Cook. He began writing articles for the Macon, Georgia newspaper while still in his teens. At age 20, he became city editor of the Atlanta Constitution. He later moved to New York City and worked as a reporter for The New York Sun, the New York World, and the Brooklyn Eagle. He married Ethel McClintock May on December 10, 1902 at Trinity Chapel in Manhattan.
In 1910, Adamson became secretary to New York Mayor William Jay Gaynor, and gained fame by helping thwart an assassination attempt on Gaynor. When Gaynor died in September 1910, Adamson continued as secretary to the new mayor, Ardolph Loges Kline. In 1914, he was campaign manager for John Purroy Mitchel, who after his election appointed Adamson as the 9th Fire Commissioner of the City of New York. Adamson served in that position until the end of the Mitchel Administration on December 31, 1917.
Adamson unsuccessfully ran for the New York Board of Aldermen in 1917. He then left politics to work in banking and public relations. He died of a heart attack in New York in 1935.
In memory of my great-uncle. When he died, his body was met at the Atlanta train station. There was a cortegeof famous men escorting his body to The Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. He remained very close to his father, Augustus Pitt Adamson throughout hi...(Read more) -
Jan Adamson Added: May. 27, 2014