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Berkeley D. Adams (1913-20)

The subject of this sketch was born near Chatham, Virginia, January 2d, 1875. He early attended a preparatory school at Stuart, Virginia, where the trustees awarded him a prize of a one year's scholarship to Emory and Henry College. One year spent in this college, where he received the gold medal given by the Calliopean Literary Society for improvement in school, was followed by one year's study in Roanoke College. He then attended a business college for a few months and later held the position as bookkeeper for a large business concern. The fascination of the fair sex and the attractiveness of country life decided, at the age of twenty-three, as to his future career; he married and settled on a farm in Charlotte County, where he now resides. He has been a successful farmer, and the "Red Oak Grove Farm," of which he is owner and proprietor, has been developed into one of the most productive farms in the county. The fine corn raised there has been awarded numerous championship ribbons at fairs in the State. Few men have taken a keener interest in public affairs than Mr. Adams. At the age of twenty-eight he was elected for the first time as member of the House of Delegates, and has served four terms in that capacity. He was patron for a bill under which Charlotte County is building one hundred and twenty-five miles of roads; was co-patron with Honorable Rosewell Page of the bill coordinating the different agricultural agencies of the State.

During the session of 1912, Mr. Adams was chairman of the committee on public property, and was appointed one of the three members of the State auditing committee on the part of the House, the duty of which committee is to audit expenditures of different State departments for the next two years. He was appointed also a member of the State Board of Agriculture by Governor Swanson, and reappointed by Governor Mann. In January, 1912, he was elected president of the board by a unanimous vote, and holds the record of being the youngest president the Board of Agriculture has ever had. In July, 1912, Mr. Adams was appointed by Governor Mann a member of the V. P. I. board of visitors.


This sketch was by Professor Richard H. Hudnall, professor of English, and was printed in the Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute -- The State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Vol. 5, No. 4, October 1912, pg. 28.