Samuel Adams was against Britain. He was seemed like an unlikely leader was was a failure in business and was a poor public speaker. He still loved politics though. He always attended attended Boston town meetings and Son of Liberty rallies. His talent was organizing people. He worked behind the scenes arranging protests and stirring public support. During the Boston Massacre he wrote letters to the other colonists to build outrage about the shooting. At the trial, he argued that the crowd provoked the soilders. Samuel Adams later expanded on the idea of a letter writing campaign by forming a committee of correspondence. Within three months there were 80 committees. My impression about Samuel Adams is that he may not be one of the best leaders out there but he can do so much without being a leader. He can organize and is great at behind the scenes. He is also very good with stirring up the public and making sure things go his way..
" It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men" - Samuel Adams
King George ascended the British throne in 1760. He pushed through a victory in the Seven Year's War. He led England's successful resistance to Revolutionary and France and presided over the loss of the American Revolution. After suffering mental illness he went insane and became blind. My impression on King George is that he became king very soon. He always tried his best and went into war and kept England strong. Of course he had a horrible old life since he went crazy and became blind.
"I wish nothing but good; therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor and a scoundrel." - King George III
George grew up on a plantation in Virginia, with wealthy parents. He was gifted at Mathematics and began working as a land surveyor. After his return from his visit to the French the governor sent him West again. Washington led 150 men into the Ohio country in April 1754. He landed a surprise attack and scattered the French. His success was brief, however. Hearing that the French were about to attack they threw up a stockade. They were badly outnumbered, but the French then released Washington and his troops to go home. My personal impression on George Washington is that he was a good general he also even made being president. Even though he was still very young.
"Do not speak bad things about those who are absent, because it is dishonest." - George Washington
Jefferson was selected as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. He was not a great public speaker, but he was a gifted writer. He drafted the Declaration of Independence. In 1776 he resigned from the Continental Congress and was re- elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He considered the Virginia statute for Religious Freedom, which he authored in the late 1700s and was passed by lawmakers in 1786. My personal impression on Thomas Jefferson is that he wrote amazing things. He stood for religious freedom and he let that las pass. He also tried the hardest he could to do what is right.
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." - Thomas Jefferson
Thomas published his very popular book "Common Sense" in 1776. It was the first pamphlet to advocate American Independence. Pain transformed the struggle over the rights of English people into a contest with meaning for people everywhere. Paine soon entered the political debate launched by the French Revolution. His Rights of Man defended the revolution and it transformed English radicalism. My personal impression on Thomas Paine is that he stood up and wrote about what he wanted to see in the world. He wanted this revolution to end once and for all. He wrote a book that changed people and their mindset. And that is something amazing.
" The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." - Thomas Paine
Nathan was 21 years old and was the 19th Regiment of the Continental Army. George Washington asked for spies and Nathan stepped up to volunteer. He became one of the first known American Spies of the Revolutionary War. He disguised himself but later on got caught and was hanged in 1776. My personal impression on Nathan Hale is that why would he volunteer. Like I get it, it's George Washington and you want to volunteer to make sure that you impress him, and that's awesome but I feel like he should have been more prepared.
"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." - Nathan Hale
Charles became a major general in 1775 and served under sir Henery Clinton during the American Revolution. He secured British victories at New York, Brandywine, and Camden. When he surrendered his troops to George Washington, that was the first major conflict of the American Revolution. My personal impression of Cornwallis is that he was good at taking land and was a good general but he make a mistake when he surrendered. He had just made the first major conflict in war.
"The resulting of battle of Guifford Court House is considered by some to be the hardest fought of the entire war, I never saw such fighting, since God made me." - General Charles Cornwallis
Burgoyne was part of the Seven Year's War in Europe. In 1758, he became involved in raids on the French coast taking the town of Cherbourg and participating in the abortive attempt to take St. Malo. He fought as a general, and returned a successful war hero. He was a good commander who drafted instructions advising his officers to treat their inferiors with respect, and to consider them as "thinking beings" and not just pawns. After he was promoted, he was sent back to America where he arrived in Boston and witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill. My personal impression on Burgoyne is that he was one of the very first generals that actually cared about what people think of others. I also really liked that he was promoted because he was a really good person and an amazing general and commander.
"You have only, when before you glass, to keep pronouncing to yourself nimini-pimini the lips cannot keep taking their pile." -John Burgoyne
James was the fourth president of the United States and was a devoted patriot. When the revolution came, James was still a young man, but was elected to Virginia's legislature and became the youngest member of the Continental Congress. In his time at Congress, as the youngest member, James was considered a legislative work horse to the other men. He was a huge part in writing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. My personal impression on James is that even though he was very young he always tried his hardest and he made it to being president and writing all these amazing things.
" A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them." - James Madison
In 1765 John entered local politics when he was elected a Boston selectman. The following year, he won election to the council legislature. Around that time the British Parliament began imposing a series of regulatory measures including tax laws. John came into a conflict with the British in 1768 when one of his merchant ships was seized in the Boston Harbor by British customs. They claimed that he had illegal cargo. Since he was very popular many people started to protest for him. My personal impression on John is that he seemed like a very good man, and even though he ran into trouble with the British he had people to support him and keep him company.
"The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions." - John Hancock
Phillis was America's first published black author. Along with being a great American poet, Phillis was a patriot and a symbol for abolitionists. In 1761 she was bought as a slave. Her owners were nice and taught her how to read and write. She developed notoriety in the United States and England. In one of her poems she acknowledged George Washington, and that received a lot of praise. My personal impression on Phillis is that she stands for what she wants and believes in. She wrote for many years and finally became the person she wanted to be.
"Enlarge the close contracted mind, and fill it with thy fire." - Phillis Wheatly
Many people have heard of many guys who were in the revolution. But there was also women who came in and picked up a weapon. Whether it was a musket or not. Some fought with an arrow or a cannon. Others chose a pen or a needle, even sculpting tools. They helped greatly and made sure that we would accomplish our goal. My personal impression is that women are strong too. It couldn't have been all men in war, women stepped in as well and helped. We are amazing in all of our own ways and we can always do what guys can do no matter what.
"If we mean to have heres, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women." - Abigail Adams