Lamb, John

Lamb, John,

1735–1800, American Revolutionary leader, b. New York City. Prior to the Revolution he was a leader of the Sons of LibertySons of Liberty,
secret organizations formed in the American colonies in protest against the Stamp Act (1765). They took their name from a phrase used by Isaac Barré in a speech against the Stamp Act in Parliament, and were organized by merchants, businessmen, lawyers,
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 in New York and helped form the New York committee of correspondence to coordinate anti-British activity. With Isaac SearsSears, Isaac,
c.1730–86, American Revolutionary leader, b. West Brewster, Mass. A merchant sea captain, Sears won a reputation as a daring privateer during the French and Indian War.
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 he led (1775) a mob that seized the New York customhouse and another that captured the British arms at Turtle Bay in Manhattan. Lamb served in the Quebec campaign and in later battles. In 1784, he became collector of customs in New York City. Later he was one of the leaders of the opposition to the U.S. Constitution in New York.


See I. Q. Leake, Memoir of the Life and Times of General John Lamb (1850, repr. 1971).

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