An inscription on the famed Adams statue in Boston, reads as follows:
Further to this impressive memorial, we glean the following accomplishments by this son of the American Revolution:
1722 Born in Boston, September 16
1740 Graduated at Harvard College
1743 Takes his Master's Degree from Cambridge
l747-48 Organizes a Political club and Newspaper
1764 Drafts the Boston Instructions
Proposes a union of the Colonies in opposition to Parliament
l765-74 Member of the Legislature
l765 Writes the Massachusetts Resolves
l766 Conducts a Controversy with the Governor
1768 Declares for Independence
1769 Writes "An Appeal to the World"
1770 Demands the removal of the troops
1772 Author of "The rights of the Colonists"
1773 Calls for a Continental Congress
Opposes Landing of the Tea
1774-81 Member of the Continental Congress
1775 Member of the Provincial Congress
Secretary of State, Councillor
1776 Signs the Declaration of Independence
1777 Member of the Board of War
1779 Member of theState Constitutional Convention
1781-84 President of the Massachusetts Senate
1787 President of the Senate, and Councillor
1788 Member of the Convention to adopt the Federal Constitution
1789-93 Lieutenant Governor
What made Samuel Adams great? The historic annals of his own church, the Old South Meeting House in Boston, tell us that he was "the visible product of the New England Church." Nothing else could have made him what he was. He was born and nurtured, trained and molded under its powerful and penetrating influence. Unquestionably, the biblical principles and republican government of these Christian churches, under life-changing ministries produced the sound, clear-thinking patriots whose wisdom laid the foundations of our freedoms. The doctrine of the dignity of man, made in God's image, and hence, the equality of human rights and liberties, as God's inalienable gift to man, found its source in the Sacred Scriptures.
Hence it is that Samuel Adams gained the reputation of being: The father of the American Revolution; the American Cato; the Chief Incendiary; Tribune of the People; the Cromwell of New England and the Last of the Puritans. These titles all express the indelible stamp of a superior mind and extraordinary feats of wisdom and courage.
And what were the notable character traits which produced a great patriot and leader, pointing the way out of tyranny and oppression by an alien power? Brave as Adams was in resisting oppression by force of arms, he shed equal valor in refusing all offers to give us his beliefs for either advancement in salary or position. "Incorruptible," is a name which Samuel Adams has left to our nation. It is engraved upon our early history.
Let the men of America take note today - in order that our politicians may see it; that our statesmen may comprehend its significance; and that our youth may inscribe its meaning upon the tablets of their hearts - and thus understand and merit their freedoms, once again.
Thomas Jefferson said of Adams, "I always considered him, more than any other member, the fountain of our more important measures." Men followed him because they saw that he was fit to lead. As Christ tells us in His Word, the Gospel: "He who would be first among you must be the servant of all" (Luke 22:26). Men looked up to him because they knew that their interests were in the hands of one whose life was regulated by his duty to God and man.
In order to fully grasp the biblical mindset and value-system of this great American patriot, I quote from his famed Oration given at the State House (Independence Hall) on August 1, 1776:
The organizer of the American Revolution concludes his unforgettable Oration from Independence Hall with a rally to the cause of Independence:
I conclude this chapter on Samuel Adams with the clarion call of America's Revolution, given at the dedication of Samuel Adams' memorial in his church - the Old South Meeting House, Boston: