Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician, Adams was a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution, and was one of the architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped the political culture of the United States. He was a second cousin to John Adams, and his father was a deacon in the Congregational Church.
Adams graduated from Harvard College in 1740. After a brief stint as a merchant, he became a local politician in Boston. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1765 and became a leading figure in the opposition to the British colonial policies of the 1760s. Adams was one of the delegates from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775, and he played a leading role in the debate over the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787.
Adams was a prolific writer and his writings were widely circulated in the American colonies. He was a strong advocate for independence and liberty, and his writings had a significant impact on the thinking of the American Founding Fathers.
Here are five of the best books about Samuel Adams:
1. Samuel Adams: A Life by Ira Stoll
2. party of One: An Independent Life of Samuel Adams by William Young
3. The Real Samuel Adams by William D. Hendricks
4. Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Patriot by Benjamin Franklin
5. The Patriot’s History of Samuel Adams by George Smith