Portrait of Sam Adams.

Portrait of Sam Adams by John Singleton Copley.

Samuel Adams Quick Facts

September 27, 1722–October 2, 1803

Facts About Sam 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

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

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  • Article Title Sam Adams Quick Facts
  • Coverage September 27, 1722–October 2, 1803
  • Author
  • Keywords samuel adams, founding father, continental congress, declaration of independence, governor of massachusetts
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date January 18, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 13, 2021