Noted American astrologer. Born February 8, 1859, in Jersey
City, New Jersey; daughter of George and Harriette E.
(Smith) Adams (of the Adams family of New England); and a
descendant of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United
States. She was educated in Andover, Massachusetts, and
Chicago, Illinois, and from childhood she was strongly impressed
by the religious and academic atmosphere of Andover,
which was then the center of various theological institutions.
While still young, Adams had her horoscope read by Dr. J. Herbert
Smith, then professor of Materia Medica at Boston University
and became profoundly interested in astrology. Smith’s
reading of Adams’s horoscope and his personal observation of
her character convinced him that she was an ideal personality
to help elevate astrology to the dignity of an accepted science.
He taught her all he knew, and she supplemented this knowledge
by studying Hindu Vedanta under Swami Vivekananda,
pioneer of Hindu philosophy in the United States. After years
of study, Adams started practice as a professional astrological
consultant in New York.
She became nationally known when she read a chart for the
owner of New York’s Windsor Hotel on Fifth Avenue predict
ing a serious disaster that would take place almost immediately.
The hotel owner was unaware of any impending problems and
took no action, but the next day his hotel was destroyed by fire.
The resulting media publicity brought Evangeline Adams immediate
fame nationwide. In 1914 she was prosecuted for ‘‘fortune-telling’’
but contested the case in court. She demonstrated
her methods of work and made an accurate prediction concerning
the judge’s son. Judge John H. Freschi acquitted her,
stating: ‘‘The defendant has raised astrology to the dignity of
an exact science.’’
Adams published various books and pamphlets on astrology,
and many famous individuals (including J. Pierpont Morgan,
Mary Pickford, singer Enrico Caruso, and King Edward
VII of Britain) visited her headquarters at Carnegie Hall. From
1930 onward she broadcast three times weekly, and received
thousands of letters requesting astrological readings. As early
as 1931, she predicted that the United States would be at war
in 1942. In 1932 she was booked for a 21-night lecture tour but
canceled it after predicting her own death, which duly occurred.
She is generally recognized as the leading astrologer of
her time who laid the groundwork for professional astrology in
the United States. She died in New York November 10, 1933.
Adams, Evangeline. Astrology: Your Place among the Stars. New
York: Dodd, Mead, 1930.
———. Astrology: Your Place in the Sun. New York: Dodd,
Mead, 1928.
———. Astrology for Everyone: What It Is and How It Works.
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1931.
———. The Bowl of Heaven. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1926.