Paul Revere


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Paul RevereRevere, PAUL, patriot; was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 1, 1735. He was descended from the Huguenots, and was educated in his father's profession of goldsmith. In the French and Indian War he was at Fort Edward, on the upper Hudson, and served as a lieutenant of artillery. When he returned from this military duty, he again took up the trade of a goldsmith. He also taught himself to be a copper-plate engraver. He was one of four engravers in America when the Revolutionary War broke out. He had engraved, in 1766, a print emblematic of the repeal of the Stamp Act, and in 1767 another called "The Seventeen Rescinders." He published a print of the Boston massacre, in 1770, and from that time became one of the most active opponents of the acts of Parliament. Revere engraved the plates, made the press, and printed the bills of credit, or paper money, of Massachusetts, issued in 1775; he also engraved the plates for the "Continental money." He was sent by the Sons of Liberty, of Boston, to confer with their brethren in New York and Philadelphia. Early in 1775 the Provincial Congress sent him to Philadelphia to learn the art of making powder, and on his return he set up a mill. The president of the Congress (Joseph Warren) chose Revere as one of his trusted messengers to warn the people of Lexington and Concord of the expedition sent their by Gage (April 18, 1775), and to tell Adams and Hancock of their danger. He was made a prisoner while on his way from Lexington towards Concord, but was soon released. Longfellow made Revere's midnight ride the subject of his well-known poem. He served in the military corps for the defense of his State, and after the war he cast church bells and cannon; and he founded the copper-works at Canton, Mass., afterwards carried on by the Revere Copper Company. He was the first in the United States to smelt copper ore and roll it into sheets. In 1795 Revere, as grand master of the masonic order, laid the corner-stone of the State-house in Boston. He died in Boston, Mass., May 10, 1818.



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