Sam Adams

by Darren, Maggie, and Gabby

Family

Samuel Adams was born in September of 1722 to a wealthy family. He had 11 siblings, and he was a cousin to President of the United States John Adams.


He and his family were devout Puritans, and they lived in Boston on Purchase Street. His father was a merchant and church deacon.

Politics

During his political career, he was a Democratic-Republican, like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He aligned with the party because he didn’t agree with the Centralizing ideas of the Federalist Party.


He was considered a controversial figure. Many considered him an important leader and instigator in the American Revolution. Others viewed him quite negatively.

Integrity

Integrity - Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness”


He showed integrity many times. During all of the taxes Parliament was passing, such as the Sugar and Stamp Acts, he remained true to himself and his morals and kept opposing Great Britain. He never wavered or agreed with someone else, he was his own individual and remained true to himself.


Citizenship

Citizenship is defined as "the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen".


Sam Adams wanted the Americans to have the same rights the European did, and representation in Parliament.

Contribution

Adams was a key leader in the American Revolution. When the Sugar Act of 1764 came into effect, Sam Adams saw this as a violation of the colonies rights. In May of 1764, the Boston Town meeting elected its representatives to the Massachusetts House, and Sam used this time to express his thoughts. He was the scribe for the meeting where he highlighted the dangers of "taxation without representation". Adams concluded that parliament shouldn't have power over the colonies, and the colonies should unify to protect their rights. His instruction were printed on newspapers and pamphlets. In 1765, the Stamp act went into place, and Adams suggested boycotting the taxed goods; he did the same in 1767 when the Townsend Acts came along.


The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, which Samuel Adams was one of the signers. Adams and two other men were asked to be a drafting committee where they wrote the Massachusetts constitution that started off a republican government set-up.

Sons of Liberty - Ep. 3 Independence - Sam Adams' Speech to Congress