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Adams was born on September 27 1772and went to Harvard College After leaving college in 1740 he was a law student and a clerk in a counting house and a merchant His business failed and he then became a partner with his father in a brewery This enterprise also failed after his father died Meanwhile he had been an active participant in Boston political circles In 1756 he was elected tax collector of Boston a position held for eight years His opinion to strictly enforcement the Surgar and Molasses Act in 1764 brought him into prominance in colonial politics In 1765 in the course of the controversy aroused by the Stamp Act he drafted the instructions presented to the Boston representatives in the General Court the legislative body of Massachusetts He was elected to the lower house in the same year The radical majority in the lower house elected him clerk in 1766 and while serving in this position which he held until 1774 he gradually assumed leadership of the movement in Massachusetts that advocated independence from Great Britain As such he was a consistent and bitter opponent of Thomas Hutchinson an aristocratic political leader who served as the lieutenant governor of the colony from 1758 to 1774 Adam decisively influenced every important aspect of the pre-revolutionary struggle against British rule In the realm of practical politics he promoted the formation of the Boston chapter of Sons of Liberty and sponsored the committee of Correspondence of Boston He led the fight against the Townshed Acts and was the leader of the demonstrations that led to the Boston massacre directed the Boston tea party and figured significantly in other outstanding events of the period He rapidly acquired an intercolonial reputation both through these activities and as a literary
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