Arthur P. Adams, author and publisher, was born November 29,1848 in Chelsea MA, the great-grandson of President John Adams.
He was a Methodist minister whose independent study of the Scriptures led him to separate from his denomination in 1878.
For a short while he was acquainted with Charles Russell (1852-1916), and then with Nelson Barbour (1824-1905). Barbour was purported to have held to “Rellyism,” the doctrine of Universal Reconciliation taught by James Relly (1722-1778).
Adams disassociated with Russell early in the 1880s. He became associated with John Paton (1843-1922). One source states that “Adams became a significant force among those opposing Zion’s Watch Tower.”
In 1885 he became the editor of “The Spirit of the Word” published out of Beverly, MA. He published this for at least 23 years.
He published at least one major book, Bible Harmony, first in 1890 by his Bethabah Publishing House. Among the his known smaller works are: The Purposes of God, True Basis of Redemption, Endless Torments Not Scriptural, Christ’s Seamless Garments, Love that Never Faileth, Trusting, and Man’s Free Will.
Adams was known to have lived and ministered in New York and New Hampshire, as well as his home state of Massachusetts. He died November 22, 1920 in Meredith NH and was buried in Rhinebeck NY.