The Man Behind the Name on the Beer

Sam Adams coming right up! I’m not talking about the beer brewed in Boston. I’m talking about the man brewed in Boston.

Today is Samuel Adams’ two hundred ninetieth birthday. Here are some fast facts about the man of the day.

  • Born in Boston, MA
  • Went to Boston Latin School
  • Graduated from Harvard College – now Harvard University
  • Second cousin to John Adams — the Second President of the United States
  • One of America’s Founding Fathers
  • Political Activist
  • Organized the Boston Tea Party
  • Delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1774
  • Signed the Declaration of Independence
  • Signed the Articles of Confederation
  • Governor of Massachusetts
  • Buried in Granary Burying Ground in Boston

Although inept in his business ventures, including the brewery he inherited from his father (How ironic!), Sam Adams was a man among men when it came to politics and action. He spoke out against the harsh laws imposed upon the colonists by England and was on King George’s “most wanted” list. As his gravestone says, Samuel Adams was “… A Leader of Men and an Ardent Patriot.”

Before your children assume Sam Adams is just a beer, introduce them to the real Sam Adams in the very informative biography, Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? It’s written by Jean Fritz, a master of historical biographies, and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Another excellent picture book biography is A Picture Book of Samuel Adams written by David A. Adler/Michael S. Adler and illustrated by Ronald Himler.

Then raise your glass – preferably a glass of Sam Adams beer – and give three cheers for Samuel Adams on his birthday!

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

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