Biography Of Samuel Adams

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Honors US History I- Period C Biographical Sketch on Samuel AdamsSamuel Adams was born on September 27, 1722 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the cousin of John Adams, who would soon become the second president of the United States. By the age of eighteen, he had received a full education at Harvard College, which is today's Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard in the spring of 1740, and soon after he became a flourishing merchant, clerk, and a law student. Sometimes things just don't work out, and that happened to Samuel. He had troubles with his occupations, so he took up a partnership with his father in a brewery. This business also failed, when his father died. By 1764, Samuel was deeply in debt.

To get his mind of debt, he decided to become an active participant in Boston political circles. He spoke his mind so well that the people of Boston elected him tax collector.

Samuel opposed several laws passed by the British Parliament to raise revenue in the American colonies. Some of these laws included the Sugar Act of 1764, the Stamp Act of 1765, and the Townshend act of 1767. During the year of 1765, Samuel drafted the instructions to the Boston representatives in the General Court. In the same year, he was elected to the lower house of the General Court. He was elected clerk in 1766 for the lower house and held the position until 1774. He assumed leadership of the anti-Parliament movement in Massachusetts. When Samuel started politics, there was one man who he opposed. This man, Thomas Hutchinson, was the royal governor and lieutenant governor. Hutchinson had a warrant for Samuel's arrest, but this he escaped.

Adams completely influenced every aspect of the struggle of independence from British rule. In the whole...