Daniel Shays (1747 - 1825) was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts of Irish decent.
Shays' Rebellion was named for Shays, a Revolutionary War veteran. In the Revolutionary War, he fought at the Battle of Lexington, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Battle of Saratoga.
Shays, a farmer and a Revolutionary war veteran, organized poor farmers from the Connecticut Valley try to shut down the courts that were sending them to debtors prisons on behalf of big Boston banks and business interests calling in debts. Many of the farmers were veterans who had trudged home from the Revolution "with not a single month's pay" in their pockets, but only worthless government certificates.