Samuel Adams
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born a British subject)
Date of Birth: 1722
Date of Death: 1803
Cause of Death: Essential tremor
Religion: Congregationalism
Occupation: Business owner, Revolutionary, Author of Non-Fiction (Pamphleteer)
Spouse: Elizabeth Checkley (d. 1757)
Elizabeth Wells
Children: Six
Relatives: John Adams (second cousin);
John Quincy Adams (second cousin once removed)
Political Party: Democratic-Republican Party (1790s)
Political Office(s): Governor of Massachusetts
Fictional Appearances:
The Two Georges
POD: c. 1763
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Nationality: North American Union
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Occupation: Diplomat

Samuel Adams (September 27, 1722 – 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 the Kingdom of Great Britain, which eventually began the American Revolution, and was also one of the key architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped American political culture. He was the second cousin of John Adams.

In popular culture he is known as the namesake of a brand of ale.

Samuel Adams in The Two Georges[]

Samuel Adams had made a name for himself as a critic of the policies of the British government. He was part of the North American delegation led by George Washington to the court of King George III to settle the conflicts between the colonies and the mother country. This meeting led to the founding of the North American Union.

Adams was among those depicted in the Gainsborough painting, The Two Georges.[1]

Adams' cousin John Adams was the namesake of a popular brand of ale.[2]

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  1. The Two Georges, pgs. 28-29, MPB.
  2. Ibid., p. 242, HC.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hancock
Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Increase Sumner