Justin 0. Adams was born in Marshall county, Tennessee, November 21, 1869. His paternal grandparents -were R. A. and- (Darnell) Adams, who were among the early settlers of Bedford county, Tennessee, where the grandfather was a merchant and a very prosperous man for his time. The maternal grandparents of Dr. Adams were Dow and Eveline (Hill) Turner, who became early settlers of Marshall county, Tennessee. Dr. Adams is the only survivor of the three children born to W. H.'and Candalara (Turner) Adams, both of whom were natives of this state, the father born in Bedford county in 1853, and the mother in Marshall county in 1849. The mother passed away in 1907. The father went to the district schools of Bedford county, and he and his wife both attended an institution of learning in Marshall county which had a high reputation among the schools of academic classes, which furnished such excellent training to many of the people of the preceding generation. His father began life on a farm, but subsequently turned his attention to merchandising, and has been a merchant for many years and a prosperous one. He and his wife were both members of the Christian church, in which she took considerable interest, and he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a Republican in politics. He is now proprietor of a general store at Lewisburg.
It was in the old town of Lewisburg that Dr. Adams was reared and obtained most of his early schooling. He subsequently entered the University of Knoxville, and was graduated in medicine in 1895, returning to Lewisburg and beginning practice. After five years of practice there he moved to the state of Florida, where he continued his professional work for a time, and then had charge of the mining camp at Wilder for eight years. He moved to Monterey in 1910 and has built up a nice practice in this locality. He is local surgeon of the Tennessee Central Railroad, is now health officer of the town, and among his other interests owns a drug store. Dr. Adams is also a present member of the town council.
In 1897 he married Mrs. Frances Sears, nee Glenn of Chicago. Her death occurred in 1904. In 1906 he married Maggie Livingston, a daughter of James T. Livingston of Jamestown, Tennessee. To their marriage has been born one daughter, Justine. The doctor and wife are members of the Methodist church, and fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His politics is Republican. At one time he served as chairman of the fourth congressional district for his party. He was also for five years a member of the pension board of Shelbyville, this state. He has membership in the Putnam County, the Tennessee State and the Upper Cumberland Medical Societies, and has served one term as president of the county society.
A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities.
By Will T. Hale Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913