Why Is Samuel Adams Famous?

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Samuel Adams is famous for being one of the most prominent leaders of the independence movement leading up to the American Revolution, and for being one of the founding fathers of America. He is also famous for founding the Sons of Liberty, the organization behind the Boston Tea Party. Adams helped create the Congressional Congress, in which he represented Massachusetts. He was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1794.

Samuel Adams believed that the thirteen colonies should be independent from Great Britain long before the start of the Revolutionary War. He worked his way up in the political sector in Boston and became famous in the Massachusetts assembly with his strong opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765, which imposed a direct tax on printed materials. He organized and founded Boston's Sons of Liberty, the group that organized the Boston Tea Party, where chests of tea were dumped into the Boston Harbor to protest the Tea Act, another tax. He helped create the Continental Congress in 1774 and represented Massachusetts in it throughout the war. As part of the Continental Congress, Adams was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was known for being one of the hardest workers in the congress during his tenure, which lasted until 1781. He served as John Hancock's lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1789 to 1793, before he became governor the following year. He died in 1803 and was eulogized by a newspaper as the "Father of the American Revolution."