Paul Revere

American silversmith and Patriot in the American Revolution / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Paul Revere (/rɪˈvɪər/; December 21, 1734 O.S. (January 1, 1735 N.S.)[N 1]  May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith, engraver, folk hero, early industrialist, Sons of Liberty member, and Patriot. He is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1861 poem, "Paul Revere's Ride".

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Paul Revere
John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Paul Revere. c. 1768–1770, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Born(1735-01-01)January 1, 1735
(O.S.: December 21, 1734)
DiedMay 10, 1818(1818-05-10) (aged 83)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation(s)Silversmith, colonial militia officer
Political partyFederalist
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    (m. 1757; died 1773)
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    (m. 1773; died 1813)
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At age 41, Revere was a prosperous, established and prominent Boston silversmith. He had helped organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on 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.

Following the war, Revere returned to his silversmith trade. 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 1800, he became the first American to successfully roll copper into sheets for use as sheathing on naval vessels.