Samuel Adams - (1722 - 1803)

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Samuel Adams Biography

Among those who signed the Declaration of Independence, and were conspicuous in the revolution, there existed, of course, a great diversity of intellectual endowments; nor did all render to their country, in those perilous days, the same important services. Like the luminaries of heavens each contributed his portion of influence; but, like them, they differed, as star differeth from star in glory. But in the constellation of great men, which adorned that era, few shone with more brilliancy, or exercised a more powerful influence than Samuel Adams.

This gentleman was born at Quincy, in Massachusetts, September 22d, 1722, in the neighbourhood afterwards rendered memorable as the birth place of Hancock, and as the residence of the distinguished family which has given two presidents to the United States. His descent was from a respectable family, which emigrated to America with the first settlers of the land.

In the year 1736, he became a member of Harvard University, where he was
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Samuel Adams Genealogy

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Mary Fifield Adams (1694 - 1748)

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Samuel Adams had to pay a fine as a college student because he overslept and missed morning prayers
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Biography for Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)
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The Articles of Confederation 03-01-1781
The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitut
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Samuel Adams - Dissident Founding Father

If you had to pick one founding father who was the most dissident, rabble-rousing patriot, it would have to be Samuel Adams. Without him, U.S. citizens would probably still be paying taxes to buy down England's war debts.

American Revolution and War for Independence

This paper is dedicated to the history of American Revolution and the War for Independence. The primary purpose of the survey given here is to carry out an analysis of the events of the late 18th century in the British colonies in North America on the basis of vast historical material published in the United States. The process that took place before and during the 1776-1783 period when 13 British colonies' aspiration for independence broke out into the so-called War

Continental Association created by the Articles of Association

The Continental Association, often known simply as the “Association“, was a system created by the First Continental Congress on October 20, 1774, for implementing a trade boycott with Great Britain. Congress hoped that by imposing economic sanctions, Great Britain would be pressured to redress the grievances of the colonies, and in particular repeal the Intolerable Acts passed by the British Parliament. The Association aimed to alter Britain’s

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Quote 172 details Share on Google+ - Quote 172 Linked In Share Button - Quote 172 If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

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Quote 1438 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1438 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1438 Every natural right not expressly given up, or, from the nature of a social compact, necessarily ceded, remains.

Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists - Nov 20, 1772
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Quote 1442 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1442 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1442 First, The first fundamental, positive law of all common wealths or states is the establishing the legislative power. As the first fundamental natural law, also, which is to govern even the legislative power itself, is the preservation of the society.

Secondly, The Legislative has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people; nor can mortals assume a prerogative not only too high for men, but for angels, and therefore reserved for the exercise of the Deity alone.


Thirdly, The supreme power cannot justly take from any man any part of his property, without his consent in person or by his representative.

Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists - Nov 20, 1772

Quote 1440 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1440 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1440 The natural liberty of man, by entering into society, is abridged or restrained, so far only as is necessary for the great end of society, the best good of the whole.

Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists - Nov 20, 1772

Quote 1443 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1443 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1443 The Colonists have been branded with the odious names of traitors and rebels only for complaining of their grievances.

Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists - Nov 20, 1772
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