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Facts and Number about Samuel Adams

  • Samuel Adams was born in Boston on September 27, 1722 and died at the age of 81 on October 2, 1803
  • Both his father and his son were also named Samuel.
  • Adams had 11 siblings of which only 2 lived past their third birthday.
  • Had one daughter Hannah and one son, Samuel Adams Jr. who died at age thirty-seven. The son served as a surgeon during the independence.
  • Was married twice but had no children from the second marriage.
  • Samuel Adams was born in a wealthy family. By his social standing he was ranked fifth in a class of twenty two at Harvard. But after the death of his father he remained relatively poor until the very end of his life.
  • Was a second cousin to President John Adams.
  • After graduating from Harvard and before becoming a politician Samuel Adams tried the following professions: clerk at a counting house (bank), partner at a malt house, newspaper writer, clerk at the Boston Market and tax collector.
  • Became one of the fifty six signers of the United State Declaration of Independence.
  • Adams was elected the Governor of Massachusetts only at the very end of his political career in 1794 when he was 72 years old.
  • Was a volunteer fire warden of the Boston Fire Company
  • Founded the Sons of Liberty political group created to protest against the British rule and known for organizing the Boston Tea Party and other protests.
  • Samuel Adams was buried at the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston, MA.


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