Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Adams, Samuel

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ADAMS, SAMUEL, an American statesman and Revolutionary patriot; born in Boston, Mass., in 1722. He was elected to the Massachusetts legislature in 1765, was a delegate to the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was active in framing the constitution of his native State, which he served as President of the Senate, Lieutenant-Governor (1789-1794), and Governor (1794-1797). He was zealous for popular rights, and fearless in his opposition to monarchism. He died in 1803.