Land of the Brave

Samuel Adams

Colonial America - Land of the Brave

Short Biography about Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803) was a patriot and politician in colonial Massachusetts, he was an American statesman who would become leader of the American Revolution and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Samuel Adams was born in Boston and came from a politically active family.

Samuel Adams was a second cousin to John Adams (1735-1826) who was destined to fulfil his role as President John Adams. Like Thomas Hutchinson, Samuel Adams was educated at Harvard University. 

Boston Massacre - Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams played a prominent role in the events surrounding the Boston Massacre and was one of the leading forces behind the Boston Tea Party.  Samuel Adams initiated the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence, drafted the Boston declaration of rights, attended both the Continental Congresses, and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In 1779, along with his cousin John Adams and James Bowdoin, he helped to write the Massachusetts Constitution. He became the governor of Massachusetts from 1793-1797.

Facts about Samuel Adams
The following facts about Samuel Adams provide interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in the American Revolutionary War.

Samuel Adams was born on September 27, 1722

His place of birth was Boston, Massachusetts

His father was Samuel Adams who was born May 16, 1689 and became a brewer and a merchant

His mother was Mary Fifield. She married his father in 1713

Samuel Adams came from a religious and politically active family.

Samuel was a second cousin to John Adams (1735-1826) who was destined to become President John Adams.

Samuel Adams was the 10th of 12 children but only 2 survived early childhood

Samuel Adams Education: Boston Latin School and Harvard Law School

Samuel married his first wife, Elizabeth Checkley, on October 17, 1749

Elizabeth Checkley Adams died in 1757

Samuel married his second wife, Elizabeth Wells, in 1764

Samuel led the opposition to the Sugar Act in 1764, the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767 and introduced the Committees of Correspondence

Samuel was elected to Massachusetts Assembly in 1765

Samuel Adams played a prominent role in the events following the Boston Massacre in 1770. He and Paul Revere used the Boston Massacre as a powerful vehicle for political propaganda.

Samuel Adams served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774-1781. He signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Samuel was a member of Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention from 1779-80

Samuel became the Governor of Massachusetts from 1794-1797

Samuel Adams retired at the age of 76 in 1798.

Samuel died at age of 81 on October 2, 1803

Samuel Adams was buried in the Granary Burying Ground, Boston

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