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This Day in Boston History

July 5th, 1880

Samuel Adams

Today is the birthday of the Samuel Adams statue at Faneuil Hall.

A man of common heritage, Adams had a hard time finding his purpose in life. He considered the law and ministry, briefly brewed beer in his father's business, and eventually became a town tax collector in Boston.

There he came into contact with a wide constituency, including his mentor John Hancock. His specialty was igniting men's hearts and calling them to action. His popularity made him indispensable in the new Massachusetts government, where he was largely responsible for popular acceptance of the state and federal constitution. Adams was elected Governor four times in his own right and retired from public service in 1797.


 


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.


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