Samuel Adams was born Sept. twenty-two, 1722 in Boston, Massachusetts–one of the largest ports in the American colonies and just barely a century old. Born to a life of modest privilege, he studied at the exclusive Boston Latin School before graduating to Harvard College, the training school of all upper- class boys, at the age of fourteen. After receiving his bachelors he remained on to study for a masters degree, choosing as his subject that of "Whether it be lawful to resist the supreme magistrate, if the commonwealth cannot be otherwise preserved?" When he maintained the affirmative his life's path was already being drawn. His work left little ambiguity about his feelings about personal liberties and freedom from tyrants. He bounced around–and failed at–several jobs: lawyer, financier, and even one stint at his father's brewery. His mother's intense piety and Puritan roots would play a big
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Boston Latin School, upper class boys, Boston patriotic movement, small public offices.