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This Day in Boston History

September 27th, 1722

Samuel Adams Born
click to enlarge On this day patriot Samuel Adams was born. After attending Harvard College, Adams decided not to pursue his father's brewing business, but instead turned himself to a political life in Boston. From 1753 - 65 he was a tax collector in Boston, and took every opportunity to ferment a desire for American independence from England.

The architect of the Boston Tea Party, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Adams would go on to serve a term as Congressman, lieutenant governor then governor for three terms.

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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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