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Unformatted text preview: At this point, though, Adams faced a more direct threat from the Massachusetts government: His accounts as tax collector were more than seven thousand pounds short. He had not embezzled the money, nor was he lax in his duties; he was, however, a terrible businessman. He had blown through his father's estate and, given time, would have likely bankrupted the city of Boston as well. However, he was so well liked that after his shortfalls were made public, Bostonians heartily reelected him to another term. The matter was soon lost in the growing brouhaha over the Stamp Act. While Virginia led the political protest against the Stamp Act, Bostonunder the leadership of Adamschose a more direct route: The Sons of Liberty resolved to drive Andrew Oliver, Thomas Hutchinson's brother-in-law and the city's stamp master, out of the town. They hung Oliver in effigy from the city's Liberty Tree, and the Suffolk sheriff the town....
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