Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Statue of Historical Figure: Samuel Adams - Boston, MA

Samuel Adams
Boston, MA

N 42° 21.124 W 071° 03.082

Short Description: 

A statue of one of the fathers of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams, is located at the entrance to the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum at 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA.

Long Description: 

A 6.5' high bronze statue of American patriot Samuel Adams stands on a circular bronze plinth set at ground level. Adams is wearing period colonial clothing with a knee length coat, knee high boots, a waistcoat, and an ascot. He is standing with is right hand pointing straight up with his index finger pointing to the sky. He holds a scroll in his left hand which is by his side. The sculpture was created by Susie Chisholm in 2013 and unveiled on December 16, 2013 on the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

The circular plinth is inscribed:

1722 - 1803


Samuel Adams was born in Boston on September 16, 1722. He attended Harvard College and then worked in his family's malting business, malt being the necessary ingredient for making beer. Ever interested in politics, in 1848 Samuel Adams published The Independent Advertiser, a weekly newspaper that printed political essays espousing separation from Britain. Adams was a leading figure that led up to the Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773. A response of to the passing by the British Parliament of the Tea Act, which ironically actually lowered the cost of tea in the colonies. The protest was over the right of Britain to tax and otherwise interfere with the affairs of the colonists. The Boston tea party was a major event leading up to the American Revolution (1775-1783).

After the Revolutionary War, Adams served as the President of the Massachusetts Senate (1782–1785 and 1787–1788), 3rd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (1789 – 1794) under Governor John Hancock, and the 4th Governor of Massachusetts from October 8, 1794 to June 2, 1797.

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