On September 27, 1722, Samuel Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his cousin, John Adams (perhaps you’ve heard of him- he was the second US president), were Patriots and politicians.
Adams, a Harvard College graduate, opposed British taxation and led efforts against the Stamp Act of 1765. He also played a key role in organizing the Boston Tea Party in response to the Tea Act of 1773.
Adams was a Massachusetts legislator from 1765 to 1774 and was then appointed to the Continental Congress. In 1776, he and John Adams signed the Declaration of Independence, severing ties between America and Great Britain. After the war, he served as Governor of Massachusetts in 1794.
Adams was the son of a merchant and brewer and even attempted brewery himself (unsuccessfully). I’m mentioning this, of course, because Adams has a well-known beer named after him. Fun fact: the picture on the the Samuel Adams logo is actually a depiction of Paul Revere, not Sam Adams. This is partly due to the fact that the beer was going to be named “Paul Revere Beer,” and partly because, let’s face it, Revere is more attractive than Adams.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.