By Bill Federer, staff writer
Crying “No taxation without representation,” he instigated the Stamp Act riots and the Boston Tea Party.
After the “Boston Massacre,” he spread Revolutionary sentiment with his Committees of Correspondence.
Known as “The Father of the American Revolution,” Samuel Adams, who was born SEPTEMBER 27, 1722, called for the first Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence.
A cousin of 2nd President John Adams, Samuel Adams wrote in The Rights of Colonists, 1772:
“Among the natural rights of Colonists are: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to defend them…
The supreme power cannot justly take from any man any part of his property without his consent.”
As Massachusetts’ Governor, Samuel Adams wrote to James Warren, February 12, 1779:
“A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.
While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”
Samuel Adams ended:
“If we would enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.”
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