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A Biography of Rev. John Adams, Sr.

This is a biography of Rev. John Adams, Sr., who represented North Omaha in the Nebraska Legislature from 1949-1962.

A lawyer and minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, John Adams, Sr. only ran for the Nebraska Legislature after his son John Adams, Jr. left to serve in WWII.

He was a Republican who served the Fifth District. Rev. Adams lost twice before winning, then served in the Legislature for 13 years.

This is Rev. John Adams, Sr., D.D., Esq. (1876-1962). He was a member of the Nebraska Legislature from North Omaha.

According to the Nebraska State Bar Journal, after marrying Hattie E. Bowman in 1904, Adams earned a bachelor’s degree at Lincoln University, his masters degree at Yale University, and his Doctorate of Divinity at Gammon Theological Seminary. He moved his family to Omaha in 1913.

After first practicing law in South Carolina, Washington state, and Colorado, he settled in Omaha in the early 1920s.

With three sons eventually joining his law firm, Adams is still regarded as a highly influential and groundbreaking African American lawyer. Rev. Adams was the presiding elder of the Omaha District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and later became went on to serve as the presiding elder for the international African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Rev. Adams was born in Atlanta on February 2, 1876, and died in Omaha on April 22, 1962.

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