by Kyle H.
Samuel Adams led the opposition to the sugar act, the stamp act, and the Townshend act. In 1765 Samuel Adams and John Hancock founded the sons of liberty, a secret association. Samuel Adams was one if the leading forces in the Boston tea party and he played a prominent role in the events surrounding the Boston massacre. From 1774 to 1781 he represented massachusetts at the contanental congress. After serving as John Hancock’s lieutenant from 1789 to 1793, Adams took over as governor before retiring in 1797.