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Ben Craik Samuel Adams 1722--1803 Samuel Adams American statesman was born in Boston Massachusetts on the 27th of September 1722 He was a second cousin to the John Adams His father whose Christian name was also Samuel was a wealthy and prominent citizen of Boston who took an active part in the politics of the town and was a member of the Caucus or Caulkers Club with which the political term caucus is said to have originated his mother was Mary Fifield Young Adams graduated from Harvard College in 1740 and three years later on attaining the degree of AM chose for his thesis Whether it be Lawful to resist the Supreme Magistrate if the Commonwealth cannot otherwise be preserved Which side he took and how the argument proceeded is not known but the subject was one which well forecasted his career He began the study of law in response to his fathers advice he discontinued it in response to his mothers disapproval He repeatedly failed in business notably as manager of a malt-house largely because of his incessant attention to politics but in the Boston town-meeting he became a conspicuous example of the efficiency of that institution for training in statecraft He has indeed been called the Man of the Town Meeting About 1748 he began to take an important part in the affairs of the town and became a leader in the debates of a political club which he was largely instrumental in organizing and to whose weekly publication the Public Advertiser he contributed numerous articles From 1756 to 1764 he was one of the towns tax-collectors but in this office he was unsuccessful his easy business methods resulting in heavy arrears
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