Samuel Adams

The “Massachusetts malcontent” stands in the very first rank of men whose efforts brought about independence. He became known in America as “the father of American independence” and “the father of the Revolution.” Thomas Jefferson called him “truly the Man of the Revolution.” Samuel, like his cousin John, has been the subject of myth-making and misunderstanding by historians, but his contemporaries had no doubts about the reality of his convictions and zeal for the cause of independence.