What Did Samuel Adams Do in the American Revolution?

Samuel Adams wrote many political articles for Boston newspapers, coordinated the Boston Tea Party and helped create the Continental Congress. He made many contributions to the American Revolution and ultimately signed the Declaration of Independence.

According to History.com, Adams organized the Boston's Sons of Liberty, who stood opposed to British politics. He also served as a Massachusetts legislator from 1765 to 1774. Through writing articles and his own politics, Adams was able to recruit talented young men to the independence cause, including Josiah Quincy and his cousin John Adams, who later became president. He conceived and led the Boston Committee of Correspondence, a shadow government that coordinated with other committees of correspondence to resist the British government.

Adams helped plan and coordinate the Patriot resistance to the Tea Act, which culminated in the Boston Tea Party. He helped create the Continental Congress, serving as a delegate. He successfully urged Massachusetts to back the Patriot resistance during the Revolution.

For many of the revolutionary years, Adams was primarily occupied with being a delegate in the Continental Congress. He served on several committees and spoke persuasively for independence from Great Britain. Adams was elected to the Massachusetts convention to ratify the American Constitution in 1788.