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The Men of Quincy, Mass.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Min Dawg
N 42° 15.046 W 071° 00.208
19T E 334727 N 4679562
Quick Description: This memorial is located in Hancock Cemetery in Quincy (fromerly Braintree), Mass.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 1/10/2008 4:58:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM2YEH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 38

Long Description:
John Adams Jr. (2nd U.S. president) first rose to prominence as an opponent of the Stamp Act of 1765. In that year, he drafted the instructions which were sent by the inhabitants of Braintree to its representatives in the Massachusetts legislature, and which served as a model for other towns to draw up instructions to their representatives. In August 1765, he anonymously contributed four notable articles to the Boston Gazette (republished in The London Chronicle in 1768 as True Sentiments of America and also known as A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law). In the letter he suggested that there was a connection between the Protestant ideas that Adams' Puritan ancestors brought to New England and the ideas that suggested they resist the Stamp Act. In the former he explained that the opposition of the colonies to the Stamp Act was because the Stamp Act deprived the American colonists of two basic rights guaranteed to all Englishmen, and which all free men deserved: rights to be taxed only by consent and to be tried only by a jury of one's peers. The "Braintree Instructions" were a succinct and forthright defense of colonial rights and liberties, while the Dissertation was an essay in political education.

In December 1765, he delivered a speech before the governor and council in which he pronounced the Stamp Act invalid on the ground that Massachusetts, being without representation in Parliament, had not assented to it.

John Adams is not buried in Hancock Cemetery. He is interred in the church across the street. However, there are 69 Revolutionary War soldiers interred here.

The memorial lists 50 men who were from Quincy, Mass. who fought to establish the independence of the United States of America.
Type of Memorial: Plaque

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