Member Biography

James Lee Adams 


George Thornton Fleming, Pittsburgh and Environs, (New York: American Historical Society, 1922); also: Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania, 1910.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1909-1910       45 Republican
1911-1912       45 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


05/27/1873 - 04/20/1946

James Lee Adams (R45) Allegheny (Part) County 1909-1912

Early Life:

James Lee Adams; born, May 27,1873 farm, Coraopolis, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of William and Emma Butler Adams; Slippery Rock State Normal School (now Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania), 1898; attended, law, Western University of Pennsylvania (now University of Pittsburgh); lawyer, 1906-1946; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1907- resigned, 1909; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1909-1912; Four-Minute man, World War I; examiner, Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission; married, Elise M. Campbell Adams, 1917; died, April 20, 1946 (age 72 years, 328 days), Mount Lebanon, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1907-1909; resigned, November 16, 1909. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 45th district, Allegheny (Part) County; elected, November 2, 1909; to fill vacancy caused by death of Honorable John W. Crawford, June 30, 1909; served, 1909-1912; committee assignments, Congressional Apportionment, Judiciary General, Pensions and Gratuities (Chairman), Pensions and Gratuities. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Member, Pennsylvania Panama Pacific Exposition Commission, representing Pennsylvania, Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco.

Appointed, Governor Martin Grove Brumbaugh, special commission of five, attend the dedication, Pennsylvania State building, held March 18, 1915, Exposition Grounds, San Francisco, made an address at the dedication of the building. 


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "A" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1912). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1004, 1010-1013, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 980.

James Lee Adams (1874-1946) - Find a Grave Memorial