September 27 – Happy Birthday, Samuel Adams

Posted on September 27, 2014

  • He was a Founding Father and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • According to Thomas Jefferson, he was “the Man of the Revolution.”
  • He was the second cousin of John Adams, the second president of the United States. But before there was such a thing as the United States, Sam was far better known than John. As a matter of fact, John Adams had to explain to strangers in Europe, “Oh, I'm not the famous Adams.”
  • He may well be the only Founding Father that has a beer named after him!

Today many people think of Sam Adams as a firebrand, someone who swept other colonists away with his anti-British rhetoric, someone who masterminded almost every aspect of Boston's rebellious actions. But there were lots of other colonists who wanted to break ties with Britain, too, during Adams's era. It wasn't all Sam, all the time!

Samuel Adams had two different wives named Elizabeth (sadly, his first wife died). He was given a slave as a wedding gift – but Adams were strongly against slavery. He immediately set the woman free, and then hired her back to work in his household as a free woman.

Find out more about Samuel Adams at Mr. Nussbaum's website

Also, check out this Sam Adams speech.  The high point of the speech for me is that he used the word ignominious. Isn't that a great word? 

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