Adams, Brooks

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Adams, Brooks Gender: M
Peter Chardon Brooks Adams
born on 24 June 1848 at 07:30 (= 07:30 AM )
Place Quincy, Massachusetts, 42n15, 71w0
Timezone LMT m71w0 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 03°01' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 06°09 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 09°48'

Brooks Adams (photographed in 1910)


American historian and a critic of capitalism.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1870 and studied at Harvard Law School in 1870 and 1871.

He believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles. First, masses of people draw together in large population centers and engage in commercial activities. As their desire for wealth grows, they discard spiritual and creative values. Their greed leads to distrust and dishonesty, and eventually the society crumbles. In The Law of Civilization and Decay (1895), Adams noted that as new population centers emerged in the west, centers of world trade shifted from Constantinople to Venice to Amsterdam to London. He predicted in America's Economic Supremacy (1900) that New York would become the center of world trade.

Adams was a great-grandson of John Adams, a grandson of John Quincy Adams, the youngest son of U.S. diplomat Charles Francis Adams, and brother to Henry Brooks Adams, philosopher, historian, and novelist, whose theories of history were influenced by his work. His maternal grandfather was Peter Chardon Brooks, the wealthiest man in Boston at the time of his death. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1918.

Brooks Adams married Evelyn Davis around 1890, no known descendants. He died on February 13, 1927, in Boston.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Adams, John (born 30 October 1735)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites his grandmother's journal quoted in "The Adams Women: Abigail and Louisa Adams, Their Sisters and Daughters" by Paul C. Nagel (Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 271: "born this morning at half past seven o clock this 24 June St. John's Day 1848."


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction