Charles Adams Edit Profile
Fought in Civil War; appointed brigadier general Colorado Militia, 1870. Ute Indian agent until 1874. Post office inspector, 1874, 82-85.
United States minister to Bolivia, 1880-1882. United States arbitrator for Bolivia and Chile War conferences, Arica, Bolivia.
In 1879 he secured the release of five hostages taken captive by the White River Utes after the Meeker Massacre, and held an official inquiry into their treatment. In 1880 he was appointed minister to Bolivia, where he served for two years. Returning to Colorado, he became involved in mining and water development.
His family immigrated to the United States after the Revolutions of 1848 in Germany. Schwanbeck fought as a young man in the late years of the American Civil War. After the war he migrated to the Colorado Territory.
About 1870, he was appointed a brigadier general of the Colorado Militia, by when he had changed his surname to Adams. In addition, he was appointed as US Indian Agent to the Ute Tribe, serving through 1874. There were distinct groups of Utes in Colorado, although settlers often could not distinguish them.
Adams dealt primarily with the White Rivers and Uncompahgre Utes. In 1875 Adams was appointed a post office inspector but he also continued with the militia. In 1880, Adams was appointed the United States minister to Bolivia.
In that position, he served as the arbitrator of conferences on the Bolivia and Chile Wars. He remained in that position through 1882. Returning to Colorado with the change in presidential administrations, Adams became engaged in the manufacture of glass, and mining and mineral water development.
He died on August 19, 1895 in the Gumry Hotel disaster in Denver, Colorado when a boiler in the basement of the hotel exploded, destroying the building and killing more than 20 people. He is interred in the Crystal Valley Cemetery in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Married Margaret Thompson Phelps, circa 1870.