The New Student's Reference Work/Adams, Samuel
Ad′ams, Samuel, was born at Boston, Sept. 22, 1722. He was prominent in Massachusetts in the revolutionary period, and helped very much to mould public opinion and to strengthen his fellow-citizens in their determination staunchly to uphold their rights. He got up town meetings, wrote the protest which Boston made against the Stamp Act, was a leader in debate, and so formidable an opponent that attempts were made by the English party to buy his support. He was a member of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and, after the war, governor of Massachusetts. He died at Boston, Oct. 2, 1803. See Hosmer's Life, in American Statesmen Series.