Adams's father died in 1748, and Adams began some of most impoverished years of his life. And although he had been elected to his first public office in 1746, that of thr clerk of the Boston Market, he found himself shut out of office until 1753 when he was elected town scavenger–not quite the high-profile jumping-off point for which the aspiring politician had hoped. Finally, in 1756, he rose to the post of Boston tax collector, a post he would hold for almost a decade. During this period, the colony was engaged in all-but constant war. As the French and Indian War raged on, Adams and other radical politicians found themselves unpopular. Adams and his friends waited quietly as the colony massed troops for an attack on French Canada and while border settlements were burned by Indian attacks. Adams found a ready opponent, though, in the Land Bank commissioners trying to foreclose on his father's estate. He turned his vitriolic
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