Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Adams, Henry Carter

ADAMS, HENRY CARTER, an American editor; born in Davenport, Ia., in 1851. He graduated from Iowa College in 1874 and afterward studied at Johns Hopkins University and in Berlin and Paris. After graduating from Andover Theological Seminary in 1875, he was appointed lecturer on political science in Cornell University in 1880 and in 1887 became professor of political economy and finance at the University of Michigan. He was director of the Division of Transportation in the eleventh census and from 1887 to 1911 was statistician of the Interstate Commerce Commission, being during the same period also in charge of the Division of Statistics and Accounts of that commission. From 1913 to 1916 he acted as financial adviser to the Chinese Republic. He was a member of many economic societies and received honorary degrees from Iowa College, University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. He wrote “Taxation in the United States, 1787 to 1816” (1884); “Public Debts” (1887); “Description of Industry” (1918); “American Railway Accounting” (1918).