Paul Revere Facts

Paul Revere Facts
Paul Revere was an American Patriot during the American Revolution, as well as an engraver, silversmith, and industrialist. He is most well-known for warning the Lexington Minutemen about the approaching British in 1775. Paul Revere was born on January 1st, 1735 (according to the modern calendar) to Paul Revere (born Apollos Rivoire), a Frenchman and silversmith who had changed his name, and Deborah Hitchborn, the daughter of a shipping wharf owner in Boston. Paul Revere Jr. left school at 13 and apprenticed as a silversmith to his father. When he was 19 Paul Revere Sr. died and young Paul took over the shop. He became historically famous in 1775 when he took a ride to warn the Revolutionists about the British approaching.
Interesting Paul Revere Facts:
In 1757 Paul Revere married Sarah Orne. Together they had eight children.
By 1760 Paul Revere was an engraver, a silversmith, master goldsmith, and a dentist. He was affected by the British tax policies that caused problems for many people in Boston, even though he was financially doing well.
Paul Revere supported the opposition to the Sugar Act (1764), the Stamp Act (1765), and the Townshend Acts (1767).
Paul Revere joined the Freemasons and soon developed friendships with other activists as well. These other activists included Dr. Joseph Warren and James Otis.
Paul Revere's wife Sarah Orne died in 1773. Later that year he married Rachel Walker, and had eight children with her as well.
Of the eight children Paul Revere had with Sarah, only six survived. Of the eight children Paul Revere had with Rachel, only five survived.
As the tensions leading up to the Revolutionary War were building Paul Revere worked as a courier to support Boston.
Paul Revere and other protestors of the British taxes dressed as Indians and dumped massive quantities of tea into the Boston Harbor in protest of the British Tea Act. This event on December 16th, 1773, became known as the Boston Tea Party.
On April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere rode his horse to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were coming. The Battle of Lexington followed, along with the American Revolution.
During the Revolution Paul Revere worked as a gunpowder and canon manufacturer, and printed the first money for the country.
Paul Revere commanded Boston Harbor's Castle William during the Revolution.
Following the war Paul Revere continued to thrive in his business ventures, becoming the first copper rolling mill owner in the United States. He also went on to run a hardware store and a foundry.
Paul Revere died in 1818 at the age of 83, in Boston. He had a total of 51 grandchildren.
Paul Revere was distantly related to Abraham Lincoln by marriage.
Henry W. Longfellow wrote a poem about Paul Revere's ride to warn the Revolutionary Army about the advancing British. It was titled "Paul Revere's Ride". The poem was purposefully written to be inaccurate.
In Massachusetts there are parts of Paul Revere's famous route now marked by signs that read "Revere's Ride".

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