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Quick Description: One of America's earliest patriots, Paul Revere is best known for warning the militias at Lexington and Concord of the approach of British army troops from Boston.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2006 11:23:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMAG7
Paul Revere (January 1, 1734 – May 10, 1818) was a silversmith and
a patriot in the American Revolution. His name was immortalized by the 1863 Longfellow poem
"The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere".
Revere's greatest contribution to the American Revolution was the alarm and messenger system that
Revere designed and implemented before the battles of Lexington and Concord. On April 18, 1775, Paul
Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott kept watch in Boston for the
approach of British troops the day before the Battle of Lexington and Concord at the outset
of the American Revolution. A system had been set up whereby a scout in the bell tower of
a church would hang lanterns to indicate whether the British advance was by land or sea.
Upon getting the signal, Revere and Dawes set out riding across the Massachusetts countryside
warning citizens and dogs to prepare for battle.
During the American Revolutionary War, Revere was commissioned a Major of infantry in the
Massachusetts militia. He was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of artillery, and
was stationed at Castle William, which was responsible for defending Boston harbor. Revere eventually
received full command of that fort.
After the war, Paul Revere was involved in the manufacture of gold and silver ware. He was early to
recognize the appeal of fine metal goods beyond the upper class to the growing middle class. As a
foundryman, he recognized a burgeoning market for church bells in the religious revival that followed
the war, and became one of the most well-known metal casters of that instrument.
He also became a pioneer in the production in America of copper plating and copper spikes for ships, including
the USS Constitution. He became an ardent Federalist committed to building a robust economy and a powerful nation.
In 1795, as grandmaster of the Masonic fraternity, he laid the cornerstone of the new State House in Boston,
and in this year also founded the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, becoming its first president.
Revere died in Boston in 1818, at the age of 83. His death was tolled by bells that he himself had manufactured.
Patriot and silversmith
Date of birth: 01/01/1734
Date of death: 05/10/1818
Area of notoriety: Historical Figure
Marker Type: Headstone
Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Open daily from 9:00 to 5:00
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