10 of History’s Most Famous Black Sheep
Less than favorite sons (and daughters)
Charles Adams was the son of America’s first vice president, John Adams, America’s second president. While history has almost forgotten Charles in favor of his brother, John Quincy Adams, a check of the national archives notes that Charles was almost kicked out of Harvard for getting drunk and running naked through the campus with some of his buddies. “Later,” recalls Marcus Baram of ABC News, “he descended into alcoholism, losing thousands of dollars in shady land-speculation schemes. John Adams called him “a madman possessed by the devil,” notes Kathy Benjamin of the trivia website Wierdworm. “His father eventually disowned him, while his brother became President. Ouch.