BOSTON (AP) – John Quincy Adams, an architect, conservationist and the direct descendant of two presidents, died April 30 in Brunswick, Maine, from complications related to a broken hip. He was 95.

Adams, who went by Quincy, was the great-great grandson of the country’s sixth president and the great-great-great-grandson of the second. He was a longtime resident of Lincoln, where he was a member of the Conservation Commission for nearly three decades.

“An artist, farmer, and philanthropist, my grandfather was truly a Renaissance man,” his granddaughter, Marian Adams Weaver Ide of Natick, told The Boston Globe.

Adams lived most of his life on the family’s Lincoln estate, where he raised horses. He was for many years the master of hounds at the Nashoba Valley Hunt in Pepperell. He was also an avid sailor who made his first trans-Atlantic trip while still a student.

He became a member of Lincoln’s Conservation Commission in 1960 when he made a persuasive argument to protect the town’s water supply by banning development in the area. He said in a 1978 interview that he vowed to stop rapid development in any way possible.

He set aside his family’s property as conservation land in the 1980s and moved to Maine in 1990.

Adams is survived by a son and three daughters, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Lucy Foster Dodge Adams.

A memorial service was scheduled for May 30 at First Parish Church in Lincoln.

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