Samuel Adams

U.S. Congressperson

1722 – 1803

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Who was Samuel Adams?

Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution, and was one of the architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped the political culture of the United States. He was a second cousin to President John Adams.

Born in Boston, Adams was brought up in a religious and politically active family. A graduate of Harvard College, he was an unsuccessful businessman and tax collector before concentrating on politics. As an influential official of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Boston Town Meeting in the 1760s, Adams was a part of a movement opposed to the British Parliament's efforts to tax the British American colonies without their consent. His 1768 circular letter calling for colonial non-cooperation prompted the occupation of Boston by British soldiers, eventually resulting in the Boston Massacre of 1770. To help coordinate resistance to what he saw as the British government's attempts to violate the British Constitution at the expense of the colonies, in 1772 Adams and his colleagues devised a committee of correspondence system, which linked like-minded Patriots throughout the Thirteen Colonies. Continued resistance to British policy resulted in the 1773 Boston Tea Party and the coming of the American Revolution.

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Born
Sep 27, 1722
Boston
Parents
Spouses
Religion
  • Congregational church
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Master's Degree, Harvard College
    (1740 - 1743)
  • Boston Latin School
  • Harvard College
    (1736 - 1740)
Lived in
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
Died
Oct 2, 1803
Cambridge

Submitted
on July 23, 2013