George Patten Adams was born in Deloraine on 20 Jul 1866 to Canon Edward Patten Adams (1833-1894) and Barbara Bethune (1837-1923) who were married in Hobart on 11 Jan 1859. George was the fifth of 13 children. He attended the Launceston Church Grammar School and was admitted to the Bar as a solicitor in 1888. Six years later he joined his brother Edward in Westbury were they practised together for 45 years. George retired in 1946 due to the gradual failing of his eyesight.
He was an office bearer of the Westbury branch of the Red Cross from its inception in 1914. He was recognised for his services with the Australian Red Cross medal and, in Jun 1953, an MBE, which was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth. For many years he was honorary treasurer of St Andrew's Anglican Church, Westbury, and patron of the RSL sub-branch. He died at his home 'Ard-Na-Glass' on 29 Nov 1957 aged 91 and was cremated at Carr Villa. George attributed his longevity in part to the early morning swims he had throughout the year in Quamby Brook until he was 80.