Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
A Riot, the Massacre, and the Tea Party
On the evening of December 16, 1773, about 50 “Sons of Liberty” snuck onto three ships anchored at Griffen’s Wharf
Samuel Adams (1722-1803), patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Massachusetts governor, graduated from Harvard in 1736. His father was Deacon Samuel Adams, a Boston brewer and merchant. Adams inherited the family business but was a poor businessman, spending all his resources on his real interest, politics. Described by those opposed to him as “the greatest incendiary in the Empire” and by his supporters as “father of the Revolution,” Adams founded the Sons of Liberty and, with John Hancock and James Otis, led the anti-taxation protests in Boston. He held many town positions, established the Committee of Correspondence in 1762, and represented Massachusetts in the Continental Congress. In 1788 he was a Massachusetts representative to Congress, served as lieutenant governor from 1789-1793, and became governor when John Hancock died in 1793. His is buried with his first wife, Elizabeth Checkley, in her family tomb (Tomb 68).
Tomb 74 contains the remains
Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814), Tomb 88, is one of three signers of the Declaration of Independence buried at Granary. Paine was born a few blocks away on School Street and graduated from Harvard College in 1749. He was one of the prosecuting attorneys in the Boston Massacre trial in 1770, described as “a rough, sometimes overbearing opponent, the perennial legal rival of John Adams.” In 1774 Paine was chosen as one of the five Massachusetts delegates to the Continental Congress. Robert Treat Paine was Massachusetts’ first attorney general and served as a judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court from 1790-1804.
Location. 42° 21.446′ N, 71° 3.669′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Tremont Street and Bromfield Street, on the left when traveling north on Tremont Street. Click for map. Marker is along the walking
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Adams (a few steps from this marker); Victims of the Boston Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Granary Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); Gravestone Carving (within shouting distance of this marker); Granary Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Tremont Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Revere Buried in this Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Family Memorials (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a copy of a Boston Gazette propaganda piece from March 12, 1770 about the Boston Massacre. The right side of the marker features portraits of Samuel Adams and Robert Treat Paine. A partial map of the cemetery showing the location of the marker and several of the graves mentioned on the marker is at the bottom center.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found along the walking trail in Boston’s Granary Burying Ground.
Also see . . . Granary Burying Ground. Details of the Freedom Trail from the City of Boston website. (Submitted on May 9, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary •
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