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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, Boston–under the  leadership of Adams–chose 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 
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