Samuel Adams

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Date of Birth September 27, 1722
Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Death Oct 2, 1803 (81)
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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a politician in colonial Massachusetts, a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution, and 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 his fellow Founding Father, President John Adams. Adams was born in Boston, 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. He was an influential official of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Boston Town Meeting in the 1760s, and he became a part of a movement opposed to the British Parliament's efforts to tax the British American colonies without their consent.

Born: Boston, Massachusetts Bay
Died: October 2, 1803, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting place: Granary Burying Ground, Boston
Political party: Democratic-Republican (1790s)
Alma mater: Harvard College
Religion: Congregationalist
Lieutenant: Moses Gill
Preceded by: John Hancock
Succeeded by: Increase Sumner

About Samuel Adams

Founding Father and brewer who helped organize the Boston Tea Party. He helped draft the Articles of Confederation and the Massachusetts Constitution and he was the 4th Governor of Massachusetts from 1794 to 1797.

Before Fame

He wrote a thesis which strongly hinted at his colonial-rights political views.


The beer company named after him was not founded by him, but was created in 1985.

Family Life

His second cousin was President John Adams. He had one son, Samuel Adams Jr., who died during the American Revolution.


Thomas Jefferson wrote that Adams was "truly the Man of the Revolution."

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Latest information about Samuel Adams updated on February 23, 2021.