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Template:OtherpeopleCharles Adams (December 19, 1845 – August 19, 1895) was a United States Army officer and diplomat. He was born in Pomerania, Germany, in 1845, the son of Karl Heinrich and Maria J. Mackman Schwanbeck.

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Delegation of Ute Indians in Washington, D.C. in 1880. Background: Woretsiz and general Charles Adams (Colorado) are standing. Front from left to right: Chief Ignatio of the Southern Utes; Carl Schurz US Secretary of the Interior; Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta.

He fought in the American Civil War. Adams dropped the Schwanbeck surname sometime around 1870, when he married Margaret Thompson Phelps and was appointed a brigadier general of the Colorado Militia. He also served as the agent to the Ute Tribe through 1874, when he became a post office inspector. In 1880, he was appointed the United States minister to Bolivia. In that position, he served as the arbitrator of confederences on the Bolivia and Chile Wars. He remained in that position through 1882.

He returned to Colorado and became engaged in the manufacture of glass, and mining and mineral water development. He died in Denver, Colorado, in 1895.


  • Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Quincy Who's Who, 1963.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
S. Newton Pettis
United States Minister Resident, Bolivia
8 July 1880–29 August 1882
Succeeded by
George Maney