Samuel Adams was born in 1722 and has been called "truly the Man of the Revolution" by Thomas Jefferson. His father, Deacon Adams, was an early supporter of independence from England. Samuel attended Harvard, it was here that he was first exposed to others who were ruled by the same passionate desire to bread free of England's rule.
Many years later, in 1764, an older but more rebellious Adams led the Sons of Liberty in violent opposition to England's Stamp Act tax. After his leadership in this violent mob, Adams played a minor role as a revolutionary leader. He was often described as volatile and irrational. He had the power to create a frenzy of emotion but not direct and lead successfully. Sam Adams died in 1803.