Pearson B. Adams

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 287
Braxton County

PEARSON B. ADAMS. The present county clerk of Brax-
ton County, Pearson B. Adams, has an excellent public
record for efficient discharge of the duties of his position.
During his career, which has been an active and honorable
one, he has had experience in several lines of endeavor, and
on various occasions has been identified with educational
work, financial matters and business affairs. In all these
avenues of activity he has so governed his actions as to gain
him the esteem and confidence of those with whom he has
come into contact.

Mr. Adams was born on a farm near Sutton, West Vir-
ginia, his present home, March 2, 1886, and is a son of
John and Nancy (Cogar) Adams. His father, also born in
the same locality, was reared to agricultural pursuits, to
which he applied his energies throughout life and made
a success of his efforts. Educated only in the public schools,
he was withal a well read man and wielded some influence
in his community, where he was active in politics and was
twice elected sheriff of the county on the republican ticket.
Fraternally he was affiliated with the Masons, in which
order he completed the York Rite and was a Noble of the
Mystic Shrine. Mrs. Adams, who was also born near Sut-
ton, was, like her husband, a product of an agricultural
family and a graduate of the common schools.

Pearson B. Adams attended the common schools of his
native locality, where he acquired his primary education,
following which he pursued a course at Marshall College,
Huntington, West Virginia, and the Mountain State Busi-
ness College, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Following his
graduation from the latter institution he taught school for
four years in Braxton County, and then started to work as
assistant cashier of the Home National Bank, with which
he was identified for about three years. He next became
interested in the Sutton Grocery and Milling Company,
of which he is now vice president and a member of the
board of directors, and is likewise a stockholder in the Bank
of Sutton. A stanch republican in his political sympathies,
in 1915 he was elected clerk of Braxton County, a position
which he has since filled with the utmost ability. As a
fraternalist he is a York Bite Mason and a Noble of the
Mystic Shrine.

Mr. Adams married Miss Bessie Mealy, who was born in
Braxton County, where she received her education in the
public schools. She is a leading and faithful member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church at Sutton. To Mr. and Mrs.
Adams there have come three children: Ruth, who was
born in 1912; William N., who was born in 1918; and
Nancy V., born in 1920.