Posted by: Ron DuBour | April 14, 2017

Knowing your American Heroes~Samuel Adams (1722-1803)~by rldubour


Friday!! Time for an American Hero! Today is:

 

Knowing your American Heroes

Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

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Born on September twenty-seventh

In seventeen hundred twenty-two.

To Samuel Adams and Mary Fifield

An influential family well to do.

From Boston, Massachusetts

A religious and political family.

Adams called for the colonists

To defend their rights and liberties.

At fourteen entered Harvard

To begin studies in theology.

While there his interest shifted

To politics and political theory.

At fourteen entered Harvard

To begin studies in theology.

While there his interest shifted

To politics and political theory.

Upon his graduation Adams

Became a mercantile businessman.

Proved not to be his vocation

His political interests had began.

Now a voice of opposition

To British control in the colonies.

To withdraw from Great Britain

Defends their rights and liberties.

Protested against the Stamp Act

Of seventeen-sixty-five.

And the Boston Tea Party

Towards Independence he did strive.

Supported the colonies rebellion

Resulting in the American Revolution.

One of the Founding Fathers

Was to be his contribution.

Helped write the Massachusetts Constitution

And the Articles of Confederation.

Was elected Lieutenant Governor.

A hero and American statesman.

After John Hancock’s death

In seventeen-ninety-three.

He served as acting Governor

As recorded in history.

An American statesman, politician

Writer and political philosopher.

A founding father of our country

And key figure in American culture.

AUTHOR NOTES: Adams was born on Sunday, September 27, 1722 to Samuel Adams and Mary Fifield Adams, as the married couple’s tenth child, but he would be only the second to live past his third birthday. Mary, the only daughter of businessman Richard Fifield, and Samuel Sr., a church deacon, had been married nine years earlier and had settled in their recently-built home on Purchase Street in Boston, Massachusetts. Adams’s parents were devout Puritans, who were tied very closely to the Old South Congregation Church, which they helped build in 1715. In his early years, Adams was heavily influenced by his mother and sister, Mary, who were both extremely religious individuals. His father perhaps exercised the greatest influence on the young boy. His father was a very influential man in Boston, and he played an important role in many of the town’s affairs. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Adams was brought up in a religious and politically active family. After being educated at Boston Latin School and Harvard College, Adams became a mercantile businessman, but this proved not to be his vocation and he soon turned to politics, and became an influential political writer and theorist. Adams established himself as one of the voices of opposition to British control in the colonies; he argued that the colonies should withdraw from Great Britain and form a new government. Adams called for the colonists to defend their rights and liberties, and led town meetings in which he drafted written protests against Parliament’s colonial tax measures such as the Stamp Act of 1765. Adams played a prominent role during protests against the Stamp Act, and in the events of the Boston Tea Party in 1773. He participated in the Continental Congress. He also advocated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence at the Second Continental Congress. After the United States declared its independence in 1776, Adams helped write the Massachusetts Constitution with John Adams, his cousin, and James Bowdoin. Afterwards, Adams helped draft the Articles of Confederation. Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, he ran for the House of Representatives in the 1st United States Congressional election, but was unsuccessful in his bid. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1789, and after John Hancock’s death in 1793, Adams served as the acting governor until he was elected governor in January of the following year. He served in that position until June 1797 when he retired from politics. He died six years later on October 2, 1803. Samuel Adams (September 27 – October 2, 1803) was an American statesman, politician, writer and political philosopher, brewer, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Adams was instrumental in garnering the support of the colonies for rebellion against Great Britain, eventually resulting in the American Revolution, and was also one of the key architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped American political culture.

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