Samuel Adams
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Basic Info

Born: September 27, 1722

Died: October 2, 1803

Home State: Massachusetts

Political Party: Anti-Federalist (later Democratic-Republican)


Brief Biography

Samuel Adams was a key player in the movement that became the American Revolution. As a resident of Boston, he helped organize protests such as the Boston Tea PartyBoston Tea Party a political protest organized by the Sons of Liberty in 1773. He became a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence.

When the Constitution was introduced as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation, Adams was hesitant to ratify it. He feared an overpowering national government, rather than a federal union of states. Supporters of the Constitution labeled him as an "Anti-Federalist. Anyone who opposed the Constitution was labeled as an Anti-Federalist, regardless of their reason for opposition." Despite this, Adams listened closely at the ratifying convention, rather than raising objections, and eventually he supported ratification.

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