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Paul Revere was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting the Colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” More
The first Patriot intelligence network on record was a secret group in Boston known as the “mechanics.” The group apparently grew out of the old. Read more
♦ On May 15, Paul Revere and Rachel Walker’s daughter, Lucy Revere, is born.
♦ On July 9, Paul Revere and Rachel Walker’s daughter, Lucy Revere, dies just short of three months old.
♦ On August 4, Paul Revere marries Sarah Orne.
By 1760 Revere was fairing very well in a city that was struggling economically, squeezed by British tax policies, having augmented his income by becoming an engraver and a dentist, as well as a master goldsmith. His clients usually included artisans and the upper class. He soon joined the freemasons and befriended activists like himself, including James Otis and Dr. Joseph Warren. As tensions grew between the colonies and the British, Revere was chosen to spy on the British` soldiers and report their movement. In addition to this, he worked as a courier to the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts.
In an act of defiance, Paul and others dumped tea into the Boston Harbor, launching the Boston Tea Party
In the 1770s Revere enthusiastically supported the patriot cause; as acknowledged leader of Boston’s mechanic class, he provided an invaluable link between artisans and intellectuals. In 1773 he donned Indian garb and joined 50 other patriots in the Boston Tea Party protest against parliamentary taxation without representation. Although many have questioned the historical liberties taken in Longfellow’s narrative poem “ Paul Revere’s Ride” (1863), the fact is that Revere served for years as the principal rider for Boston’s Committee of Safety, making journeys to New York and Philadelphia in its service. Longfellow embedded his romanticized version of Revere’s patriotic heroics in Tales of a Wayside Inn, a collection of story poems published in 1863 at the height of the American Civil War.
Paul Revere, (born about January 1, 1735, Boston, Massachusetts [U.S.]—died May 10, 1818, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.), folk hero of the American Revolution whose dramatic horseback ride on the night of April 18, 1775, warning Boston-area residents that the British were coming, was immortalized in a ballad by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
In 1774 and the spring of 1775 Paul Revere was employed by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety as an express rider to carry news, messages, and copies of important documents as far away as New York and Philadelphia.
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