Henry Adams 1838-1918. Grandson of Presidents, and heir to a formidable tradition of family importance, young Henry spent seven years in London as Private secretary to his father, Charles Francis Adams, who was minister to England. He taught history at Harvard for a time,but, after moving to Washington in 1876, he devoted himself to study and writing. A novel, Democracy, was descriptive of postwar life in the capital. His most serious work was a scholarly nine-volume History of the United States during the Jefferson and Madison administrations. In 1885, he and his friend, John Hay, Built adjoining houses on H Street, across from St. John's Church. The adams house was immediately darkened by the suicide of his wife, the former Mareian Hooper of Boston, who poisoned herself by drinking potassium cyanide, which she had used in the preparation of photographic plates. After the completion of his major historical work. Adams spent much time in travel with his friend, John LaFarge. The Education of Henry Adams and Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres were both issued in Privately printed editions before their publication.