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Adams, Samuel Hopkins,, 1871-1958

 Person

S.H. Adams, 1871-1958; Hamilton College Class of 1891; created the Average Jones stories, which Howard Haycraft pronounced, "well above the level of their era, both in conception and style" (Haycraft 1968, p. 100). Adams was an important member of the staffs of McClure's and Collier's magazines during the muckraking days and was active in exposing medical frauds and instrumental in bringing about the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906). Adams used fictional settings in a long series of books dealing with the American background and such issues as dishonest journalism (The Clarion, 1914) and the Harding administration scandals (Revelry, 1926).