Henry Brooks Adams (1838 - 1918),American author and historian, was born in a diplomatic family in Boston, Massachusetts. He is best - known for his nine - volume history of the governments of Presidents Jefferson and Madison, History of the United States - 1801 - 1818 (1889 - 91) and for his autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams, which is considered to be among the best non - fiction works of the 20th century. Adams was also a journalist and an editor.
A journalist, historian, and novelist, Henry Adams was born into a distinguished family; it included two past presidents of the United States. He was inescapably a part of the American experience.