Adams, Samuel, one of the leading men of the American Revolution, born in Boston, MA, 1722. He displayed on all occasions an unflinching zeal for popular rights and was, by the Patriotic Party, placed in the legislature in 1766. Adams was a member of the first Congress, and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Took an active part in framing the Constitution of Massachusetts, and was for several years president of the senate of that state. He held the office of lieutenant-governor from 1789 to 1794, and of governor from that time till 1797. Died, 1803.