Samuel Adams

00d/25/arve/g2396/015September 27, 1722 – October 2, 1803

Politician. Statesman. Founding Father. Future Beer Magnate? Well, the first three, anyway. Samuel Adams was a key figure in the lead up to the American Revolutionary War. A failed businessman, Adams turned his attention to politics (naturally) where he became involved in local Boston tax collecting. Ironically, it would be taxes imposed from Great Britain that would spur Adams – and many others – to begin the long and bloody process of gaining independence. He was a prominent player in the famous “Boston Tea Party” of 1773. He also participated in both the First and Second Continental Congress meetings that led to the Declaration of Independence. After the war, he went on to serve as the governor of Massachusetts. He died at the age of 81 after struggling with tremors for the later years of his life. And, while his family WAS involved in brewing of beer back in the day, it wasn’t until some 180 years after his death that Sam Adams’ name would be used in actual brewing.


The Granary Burial Ground – Boston, MA

Specific Location

In the front of the cemetery, on the west side of the sidewalk. Sam’s headstone is clearly visible from the street outside the fence.



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