James Blackburn Adams

James Blackburn Adams

Birth
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Death 25 Apr 2020 (aged 93)
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Patriots' Hill, Section 1 (A), Row:F, Number:9
Memorial ID 209755304 · View Source
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American attorney, politician, and Associate Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Japanese translator, before returning to Texas to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a law degree from Baylor Law School. After graduating from law school, Adams became a prosecuting attorney. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1950, took office in 1951 and resigned his seat later that year to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent. Adams served in Seattle, San Francisco, and the Administrative Services Division. In 1959, he was appointed assistant special agent in charge of Minneapolis and in 1972 he was promoted to special agent in charge of San Antonio, Texas. In 1973, he was appointed assistant director of the Office of Planning and Evaluation and became assistant to the director/deputy associate director for investigations the following year. In early 1977, FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley announced his intention to retire and Adams served as Acting Director of the FBI on Kelley's retirement from February 15, 1978, to February 23, 1978, when William Webster was sworn in as Director. He was appointed Associate Director on April 6, 1978, the number two position in the FBI. Adams retired from the FBI on May 11, 1979 and returned to Texas, where he served as Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety from 1980 to 1987.


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  • Created by: Eireannach
  • Added: 4 May 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 209755304
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Blackburn Adams (21 Dec 1926–25 Apr 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 209755304, citing Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Eireannach (contributor 48879922) Burial Details Unknown.