"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
Interesting facts about me:
Ye attended the University of Harvard. Ye was a businessman and tax collector before a politician. Ye had six children with my first wife Elizabeth Checkley. However, only two survived to adulthood. Sadly, my wife died in 1758, and I remarried Elizabeth Wells in 1764. I was strongly against slavery. I was given a slave named Surry as a wedding gift. I set her free right away, but Surry continued to work for me as a free woman. I hope the delegates abolish slavery when they finish the Constitution. I am also a popular and able journalist, and I teach and inspire people with my writing.
James Otis Jr. is a friend because we both supported the Stamp Act, which was an important protest.
I am also friends with John Hancock because, before attending the second Congress, John Hancock and I went to attend the Provincial Congress in Concord, Massachusetts, where it was decided that it was unsafe to return to Boston. So I stayed at Hancock's childhood home in Lexington, Massachusetts.
I am also friends with John Adams, my cousin, and James Bowdoin. We were appointed as a three-man drafting committee. We came out with the draft of the Massachusetts Constitution which was soon amended by the Convention and approved by voters in 1780. The brand new Constitution started off a republican government set up.
John Hancock (https://sites.google.com/a/scarsdaleschools.org/founderbook-5l-2015-16/convention-one/john-hancock)
John Adams (https://sites.google.com/a/scarsdaleschools.org/founderbook-5l-2015-16/convention-one/sam-adams---dani)
Full Name: Samuel Adams
Current City of Residence: Boston
State of Representation: Massachusetts
Birthday: September 27, 1722
Relationship Status (Single or Married): Married
Current Occupation(s): Massachusetts Governor, Statesman
Prior Experience: Assisted in forming the protest to the Stamp Act; Was involved greatly in organizing the Boston Tea Party; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Signer of the Articles of Confederation
Character Traits: Ingenuity, witty, confident, prudent, sometimes indecisive, courage and had lots of esteem. Secure love of liberty, integrity, firmness, and decision.
Political views (Federalist/State Rights): Anti-Federalist
People who inspire you: Ye is inspired by John Locke, especially his Second Treatise of Government. Locke's ideas often find their way into my essays, in which I convinced Americans to fight against the British rule
Favorite book and why: I like to read books about the American Revolution and interesting books where I can learn new facts because The American Revolution was a big part of my life, and I love to learn new information. One of my favorite books is Second Treatise of Government by John Locke.
Elizabeth Adams (Wells)
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I chose not to mess around at the Constitutional Convention because I am very concerned about making sure people keep their power. I would also be rattled if the amount of power we have now was to change since I don't want all the people's power to go to the federal government. I was asked to represent Massachusetts, but I refused. By and large, I fear a powerful federal government full of mugs will nab freedoms and rights that colonies gained during the American Revolution. It will be a monarchy all over again! Golly, I hated that King! Although l know a lot about what is going on at the dern Convention, but I still turn a blind eye on to attending.
People tell me that 2 rules helped make the Convention a success. One rule was that the Convention must be kept secret. I feel bad for them because it was in Philadelphia in summer which is steaming, and the windows were closed, so it was just 55 boiling men togged in heavy breeches arguing like loggerheads. They were probably very frowzy after they sweated from all that heat. That is one of the reasons I'm glad I didn't attend the Convention. Keeping the Convention a secret also allowed the delegates to say what they want (which was just a bunch of make-believe to me, I mean who wants to get their power taken away?) without worrying about what the states might say. The rule was so important that they put guards in front of the Convention. Bad decision, that definitely started rumors. The other rule was that issues already voted on could be brought back, which could let the delegates change their minds, and take a break from an issue. Although ye wouldn't want to be stuck in a hot room arguing, I guess the 2 rules are helping the Constitutional Convention succeed. I would like to be able to change my mind and say what I want. Yet I didn't bother to go to the Convention, though I hear that so far, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention are starting to figure things out.
I have just been informed about the Great Compromise that Roger Sherman came up with. He is from Connecticut, which is why it could also be called the Connecticut Compromise. It was not a thing of milk and water. It solved the argument of the big states and small states and stopped them from running amok. By and large, the big states wanted votes to be based on population, since there are more people in bigger states, but the small states wanted 2 votes per state, because there are more smaller states. I've heard that before the Compromise was suggested, Luther Martin was working very hard for the small states. Luther Martin was the biggest chatterbox, no one could get a word in edgewise. But at least Luther Martin was on my side as a Anti-Federalist. Anyway, the big states and small states both ended up getting their way. I didn't care for who had more power, I am just a diehard for the states to rule over the federal government. The Compromise was what created Congress. Congress was split up into 2 houses, The House of Representatives, which was based on population, and the Senate that had 2 votes per state. I am actually okay with the Great Compromise, because it is not septemberizing the power of the states. I heard it took 2 months to create. They say that there will be 100 Senators, that will be elected every 6 years, and 435 Representatives, that will be elected every 2 years. I have a feeling this settlement will last a while.
At the time, I still refuse to attend the Constitutional Convention, but I have been told that there are some heated arguments in there. They tell me there are 2 sides at the Constitutional Convention, the Federalists v.s. the Anti-federalists. Madison, Franklin, Washington, Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, and Robert Morris are all Federalists. William Paterson, Roger Sherman, Luther Martin, and others (like ye) worry that men like Hamilton and Gouverneur Morris do not care enough about liberty, which is running amok. The Anti-Federalists (ye) want the states to keep their rights. The Federalists wanted a big united nation to come out of the Convention. What loggerheads! I am an Anti-federalist, and I know that I don't agree with their twaddle and fiddle-de-dee . But like the Federalists, I also studied history and knew we had made history by fighting and winning a Revolution, which made me rest on my laurels. The Federalists and we Anti-Federalists studied England and admired how it had a parliament, and want to create a republic that would be strong yet free, and I know we are just arguing about how to do it.
Ye admires men like John Locke, and I think George Washington gets too much attention. However, I hear that both sides at the Convention admire George Washington. George is so loved that I hear he has partie carrées and bigger parties all the time! George Washington was the reason most people came to the Constitutional Convention because they all respected him. George Washington was the leader hatchet man in the American Revolution. He was truly a gimcrack. George Washington was Chairman at the Convention. Every delegate voted for him. It was crocodile tears! Alas, how could one man be loved so much?
I decided not to attend the darn Constitutional Convention. Soon I found out that at the Convention, the 55 delegates, created the Constitution. They said that it was the basic law of the nation, that protected people's rights. It includes 3 branches of government, the Executive Branch that enforces laws, the Judicial Branch judges if laws are constitutional or not, and the Legislative Branch that makes laws. It sets up rules for how laws are made and who will make them, but ye thought it felt a little frowzy and corrupt. The Constitution also confirms who has power, who in the central government can give the third degree, and who gets to decide to declare war and go to war for the country. I hear that these rules for the government will be completed by September 17, 1787. It is a hand- written document that worked much better than the Articles of Confederation, that turned out to be running amok according to all the Federalists because it gave the states lots of power, and the central government was left milk-and-water. But ye liked the power the Articles of Confederation gave us. Although, I ended up being okay with the Constitution, at first I thought it would give a mickle of power to the federal government.
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