"The Samuel Adams statue stands behind Faneuil Hall on Congress Street, and is the work of Miss Anne Whitney. It represents the Revolutionary patriot, clad in the citizen's dress of his period, standing erect, with folded arms, and with a determined look in his finely chiseled face. He is portrayed as he is supposed to have appeared just after demanding that Governor Hutchinson immediately remove the British troops from Boston after the Boston Massacre, and while awaiting the Englishman's answer. The troops were removed to Castle Island, and this event can be considered the first British concession before the American Revolution.

The work is of bronze, and is a counterpart of another statue by the same artist in the Capitol at Washington DC. The lower base of the pedestal is of unpolished Quincy granite, cut in eight pieces; and it covers a surface nine feet square. The base surmounting this is of polished Quincy granite, four feet three inches square; the die is three feet square, and the cap surmounting it is three feet eight inches square, both also of polished Quincy granite. The pedestal is ten feet high. The posts at the corners of the base are of granite, two feet eight inches high.

The inscriptions on each of the four panels of the pedestal are as follows: 'Samuel Adams 1722-1803 - A Patriot - He organized the Revolution, and signed the Declaration of Independence. Governor - A True Leader of the People. Erected A. D. 1880, from a fund bequeathed to the city of Boston by Jonathan Phillips. A statesman, incorruptible and fearless.'
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