Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

Samuel Adams was a Founding Father, member of the Continental Congress, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a leading proponent of colonial independence from Great Britain. After the Revolution, Adams served four terms as Governor of Massachusetts.

Quick Facts About Samuel Adams

Born September 27, 1722, Boston, Massachusetts

Graduated from Harvard College in 1740

Cousin of John Adams, second U.S. President

Founding member of the Sons of Liberty

Member of the Boston Committee of Correspondence

Influential essayist who inflamed colonial discontent with British taxes such as the Sugar Act (1764), the Stamp Act (1765) and the Townshend Acts (1767)

Instrumental in bringing about the Boston Tea Party (1773)

Elected to the Continental Congress from Massachusetts from 1774 to 1781

Signed Declaration of Independence in 1776

Four-term Governor of Massachusetts from 1793 to 1797

Member of the Massachusetts convention for ratification of the Federal Constitution, 1788

Died October 2, 1803, Boston, Massachusetts

Buried at Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Massachusetts

Portrait of Founding Father Samuel Adams by John Singleton Copley.

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