Who Was Paul Revere? by Roberta EdwardsIn 1775, Paul Revere of Boston made his now-famous horseback ride warning colonists of an impending attack by the British. This event went largely unnoticed in history until Longfellow celebrated it in a poem in 1861. So who was Paul Revere? In addition to being an American patriot, he was a skilled silversmith and made false teeth from hippo tusks! This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings to life Paul Reveres thrilling ride as well as the personal side of the man and the exciting times in which he lived.
Paul Revere: Biography, Early Life, Education, Fun Facts, Timeline, U.S. History (1998)
Paul Revere. What was his involvement in the American Revolutionary War? He was a silversmith and copper engraver. He used these skills to produce prints of famous events, such as the Boston Massacre. He was one of the Sons of Liberty. A political activist he participated in the Boston Tea Party.
Most people today will only know him for warning his fellow colonists that the British were coming, and they might not even remember where he was riding and where the British were coming from. But what exactly was this legacy? Who was the man behind the legend? How much of the legends are true? Here are 42 legendary facts about Paul Revere.
Born January 1, , Paul Revere was a silversmith and ardent colonialist.
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Facts about Paul Revere's Early Years
Paul Revere was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and Patriot in the American Revolution. At the age of 41, Revere was a prosperous, established and prominent Boston silversmith. He had helped organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch o the British military. Revere later served as a Massachusetts militia officer, though his service ended after the Penobscot Expedition, one of the most disastrous campaigns of the American Revolutionary War, for which he was absolved of blame. He used the profits from his expanding business to finance his work in iron casting, bronze bell and cannon casting, and the forging of copper bolts and spikes. In , he became the first American to successfully roll copper into sheets for use as sheathing on naval vessels.
His father, Apollos Rivoire later changed to Revere , was a Huguenot refugee who had come to Boston as a child and had been apprenticed to a silversmith. As a boy Revere received sufficient education to enable him later to read the difficult metallurgical books of his period. Although it was in metal that Revere did most of his work, his energy and skill and the necessity of supporting an ever-growing family turned him in many directions. He not only made silver articles but also crafted surgical instruments, sold spectacles, replaced missing teeth, and engraved copper plates, the most famous of which portrayed his version of the Boston Massacre. In he donned Indian garb and joined 50 other patriots in the Boston Tea Party protest against parliamentary taxation without representation. On April 16, , he rode to nearby Concord to urge the patriots to move their military stores, which were endangered by pending British troop movements.