Charles Francis Adams Edit Profile
St. Mark’s School and Harvard University.
Adams served in the Massachusetts State Senate, before running unsuccessfully for Vice-President (Free Soil Party) in the election of 1848. During the Civil War, Adams was Lincoln’s foreign minister in London, where he played a key role in keeping Britain neutral, while southern agents were trying to achieve official recognition of the Confederacy. This meant conducting dialogue with both sides, and monitoring the British connection in the supply of commerce raiders.
He became an overseer of Harvard University, and built a library in honor of his father in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Joined Paine, Webber, Jackson & Curtis (Investment Banking) 1934, Partner 1938. Served with United States Navy (Commander) 1940-1946. With Paine, Webber, Jackson & Curtis 1946-1947.
Executive Vice-President Raytheon Mfg. Company (now Raytheon Company) 1947, President 1948-1960, 1962, Chairman 1964-1975, Chairman Finance Committee since 1975. Director Liberty Mutual Insurance Company since 1953, Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company since 1968, Pan American World Airways Inc. since 1967, First National Bank of Boston 1959-1975, The Gillette Company since 1960, A. C. Cossor Ltd. since 1961.
Honorary degrees, Bates College, Northeastern and Suffolk Universities.
Married 1st Margaret Stockton (died in 1972), one son two daughter. Married 2nd Beatrice D. Penati in 1973.