Samuel was born in Boston in 1722. He
was the cousin of John
When Samuel Adams was young, his father
wanted him to be a minister. Samuel went to work in a
countinghouse, a place that is like a bank, but he was not
good at adding and he spent too much time talking to other
people about politics. Later the people in Boston elected
him to be a tax collector, but he didn't like taking money
Samuel Adams and Patrick
Henry were two of the
first people to argue for independence. Sam wrote letters
about independence and sent them to newspapers and leaders
around the country. Sam signed all the letters with
different names so that the people who read the papers would
think all of Boston wanted independence from England.
The British thought that Samuel Adams
was a big troublemaker and they were right. They called him
"the most dangerous man in Massachusetts." The British
promised they would not punish Colonists who would stop
fighting against them, all except Samuel Adams and John
Hancock. If the British had won the war, the first to die
probably would have been Samuel Adams and John
Sam convinced many young men
that independence would be good for America.
Adams and John
Hancock were some
of the men who agreed with Sam's ideas. These three
men became more well-known than Sam, even though
his ideas helped shape their thoughts on
When the Stamp Act of 1765
ordered the colonists to buy stamps from England,
Samuel started a protest. He told the mob what to
do. In 1766, the Stamp Act stopped. Samuel said
this after the Stamp
Act: "If our
trade be taxed, why not our lands, or produce. . .
in short, everything we possess? They tax us
without having legal representation." Another thing
that started the Revolution was the
Tea Party that
Samuel also helped plan.
Samuel Adams signed the
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Photo courtesy of Mrs. Darlene Neumann, Sherwood
Visit the Colonial Hall site for a complete
biography of Samuel
Here's a report with lots of information on Sam
Read the book
Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?
by Jean Fritz.
It tells about a letter that John Adams wrote to James
Warren about how Sam Adams learned to ride a horse!