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Samuel Adams' Death, 1803...



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October 7, 1803

MIDDLESEX GAZETTE, Middletown, Conn., Oct. 7, 1803.
 
* Samuel Adams Death

Page 3 has a rather inconspicuous report from Boston dated October 3, 1803 reading in part: "Yesterday morning...the Death of the Hon. Samuel Adams, Esq. late Governor of this commonwealth, was announced...by the tolling of all the bells in town. Mr. Adams has long been a valetudinarian....He had reached his 81st year."

Other news of the day with several interesting advertisements.

Spine is a bit irregular, narrow piece missing at the bottom of the spine, otherwise good. 4 pages.

Background Information: Samuel Adams (September 27, 1722 - October 2, 1803) was an American statesman, politician, writer and political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Adams was instrumental in garnering the support of the colonies for rebellion against Great Britain, eventually resulting in the American Revolution, and was also one of the key architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped American political culture.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Adams was brought up in a religious and politically active family. After being educated at Boston Latin School and Harvard College, Adams became a mercantile businessman, but this proved not to be his vocation and he soon turned to politics, and became an influential political writer and theorist. Adams established himself as one of the voices of opposition to British control in the colonies; he argued that the colonies should withdraw from Great Britain and form a new government. Adams called for the colonists to defend their rights and liberties, and led town meetings in which he drafted written protests against Parliament's colonial tax measures such as the Stamp Act of 1765. Adams played a prominent role during protests against the Stamp Act, and in the events of the Boston Tea Party in 1773. He participated in the Continental Congress. He also advocated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence at the Second Continental Congress.

After the United States declared its independence in 1776, Adams helped write the Massachusetts Constitution with John Adams, his cousin, and James Bowdoin.  Afterwards, Adams helped draft the Articles of Confederation. Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, he ran for the House of Representatives in the 1st United States Congressional election, but was unsuccessful in his bid. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1789, and after John Hancock's death in 1793, Adams served as the acting governor until he was elected governor in January of the following year. He served in that position until June 1797 when he retired from politics. He died six years later on October 2, 1803.

Adams was instrumental in garnering the support of the colonies for rebellion against , eventually resulting in the , and was also one of the key architects of the principles of American that shaped . source: wikipedia

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