Paul Revere

Paul Revere

The famous silversmith of Boston did more than make teapots and go on a famous ride through the countryside. Paul Revere began his patriotic activities in 1763 when he began to organize other craftsmen in Boston to protest the actions of King George and Parliament. When his silver business lagged, he turned to publishing music, dentistry (which he quickly dropped), drawing political cartoons, and copper engraving. He published a series of engravings of British troops arriving in Boston, and he aroused angry sentiments against the mother country with his engraving of the Boston Massacre.

The famous ride on April 18, 1775, was not Paul Revere's first or only ride for the patriotic cause. He had already covered many miles delivering news to Committees of Correspondence in other colonies. In 1773, he rode to other port cities to warn them not to allow the British ships to unload their cargos of tea. On his return to Boston he disguised himself as an Indian to dump tea in the Boston harbor. Then he rode again to carry news of the Boston Tea Party to Philadelphia and New York.

During the war, Revere kept very busy for the cause. He continued to ride as a messenger for the Committee of Safety. He manufactured gunpowder. He designed and printed the first Continental money, the official seal for the colonies, and the state seal for Massachusetts. As lieutenant colonel he took command of Castle William in Boston harbor. Meanwhile he forged cannons for the Continental Army.

At the age of sixty-five, Paul Revere learned how to roll sheet copper, which he supplied for the dome of the Massachusetts State House and for the ships of America's new navy.

Paul Revere died in 1818, a famous silversmith, and a respected patriot.

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