Charles Francis Adams IV was born 2 May 1910 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States to Charles Francis Adams (1866-1954) and Frances Lovering (1869-1956) and died 5 January 1999 in Dover, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Margaret Stockton (1915-1972) 16 June 1934 in Massachusetts, United States. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of England, England, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, North America, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Belarus, Switzerland.


Charles Francis Adams IV was a United States Naval Officer and electronics industrialist.

Adams was born in Boston, attended St. Mark's School, graduated from Harvard College in 1932 and attended Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Adams was a sixth generation Harvard legacy student (his great-great-great-grandfather, President John Adams graduated from Harvard in 1755).

Adams married twice. His first marriage was to Margaret Stockton Adams by whom he had four children: Abigail, Alison, Charles Francis, and Timothy. He had a total of ten grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Adams was commissioned as an ensign in the Naval Reserve on 23 June 1932 and was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) on 23 June 1937. He served on active duty during World War II. Adams was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander on 1 May 1943 and to commander on 1 March 1944. He took command of the destroyer escort USS William Seiverling when she was commissioned on 1 June 1944. The Seiverling conducted anti-submarine operations in the Pacific Theater, was under air attack off Okinawa and supported the liberation of the Philippines.

He served as the first president of the Raytheon Company between 1948 and 1960, and again from 1962 to 1964. He served as its chairman between 1960 and 1962, and again from 1964 until 1972.

Adams was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1959.[3] He was awarded honorary degrees by Suffolk University, Northeastern University, Bates College and Tufts University.


Offspring of Charles Francis Adams III and Frances Lovering (1869-1956)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charles Frances Adams (1910-1999) 2 May 1910 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 5 January 1999 Dover, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States Margaret Stockton (1915-1972)

Catherine Lovering Adams (1902-1988) 13 January 1902 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 28 September 1988 Mill Neck, Nassau County, New York Henry Sturgis Morgan (1900-1982)


He was the son of Charles Francis Adams III, great-great-great grandson of United States President John Adams (1735-1826), and great-great grandson of President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848).

Charles is a direct descendant of the following:



Namesakes of Charles Frances Adams (1910-1999)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
Charles Adams (1770-1800)Quincy, Massachusetts, United StatesManhattan, New York, United StatesJohn Adams (1735-1826)Abigail Smith (1744-1818)Sally Smith (1769-1828)
Charles Adams (bef1769-aft1784)Mary Cramp (c1758-1759)
Charles Crawford Adams (1901-1973)Narrandera, New South Wales, AustraliaParramatta, New South Wales, AustraliaJohn Charles Adams (1879-1923)Ellen Therese Crawford (c1879-1918)Janet Euphenia Binks (bef1911-1972)
Charles Frances Adams (1910-1999)Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United StatesDover, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United StatesCharles Francis Adams (1866-1954)Frances Lovering (1869-1956)Margaret Stockton (1915-1972)
Charles Francis Adams (1835-1915)Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United StatesWashington, D.C., United StatesCharles Francis Adams (1807-1886)Abigail Brown Brooks (1808-1889)Mary Hone Ogden (1837-1905)
Charles Francis Adams (1866-1954)John Quincy Adams (1833-1894)Fanny Crowninshield (1839-1911)Frances Lovering (1869-1956)
Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886)Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United StatesBoston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United StatesJohn Quincy Adams (1767-1848)Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775-1852)Abigail Brown Brooks (1808-1889)

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