Sam Adams was born September 27, 1722. The famous lawyer, John Adams, was Sam's cousin. Sam himself was a lawyer, a clerk, and he was a partner with his father in a brewery. Sam was one of 12 children. Sam attended Boston Grammar school, and in 1736 he went back and studied for a Master of Arts degree. Sam's first wife died and left him two children. He later remarried.
Sam was a leader and organizer of the Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty
was a secret organization out to destroy Great Britain's rule against the
colonist. In 1764 Sam was chosen to write the Boston's protest against England's
proposed Stamp Act. Sam got Paul Revere to draw a picture of the Boston
massacre with the point of view of the colonist. Sam made the colonialist
more upset at the British than was needed. In 1765 He was elected to the
Massachusetts colonial assembly and became leader of the opposition to the
British government. In 1773 Sam organized the Boston Tea Party. He signed
the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and was a leader in the war of
Independence. Sam Adams died in Boston in 1803.
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