Samuel Hopkins Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 27, 1722. He was the fourth child, out of twelve children, from Samuel and Mary Fil field Adams. He was also the cousin of John Adams, who was our 2nd president of United States in the year of 1797. In the fall of 1736, after he had turned 14 years old. He left his comfortable home and crossed the Charles River to a town called Cambridge.

This is where he took enrollment at Harvard College. In the year of 1740, he graduated from college. During this year a religious movement known as the Great Awaking swept the New England colonies. A young clergyman from England named George Whitefield preached to the Protestant groups in Georgia, Philadelphia, and New England. He told them about the "new birth" and the horrors of hell and the great joys of being in heaven. But even though this religious belief spread Samuel Adams had his own thoughts.

Being a minister, like his parents would per fer, didn't interest him. But since most of the political leaders he had read about were lawyers, he made a choose to study the law. So he returned to Harvard and began to work on his master's degree. By the year 1743, he received his master's degree. He wrote a paper that used fancy language.

This meant that he thought it was all right under certain circumstances for people to revolt against their government and rulers. This known as treason, which he could have been jailed or even hanged. But no one paid attention, college boys were often said outrageous things. From this point this brought on the rebellion in Samuel Adams.