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Facts on Paul Revere

Shashank Nakate
A silversmith by profession, Paul Revere is remembered as one of the greatest heroes of the American War of Independence. Paul Revere was born on 1st January, 1735. He played an important role in the war against British by serving as a messenger. Revere was also part of the naval expedition called 'Penobscot Expedition' conducted during the 'American Revolutionary War'.
Paul's father, Apollo Rivoire came to Boston at the age of 13 and became a silversmith. Apollo Rivoire changed his name to Apollo Revere. Before his death in 1754, Apollo Revere passed on the family business to his son, Paul Revere. Paul's mother, Deborah took care of the business for first few years because he was too young to look after it. Paul Revere studied in the North Writing School in Boston.
Later on, Paul Revere fought in the 'French and Indian War' (1754-1763), also known as the 'Seven Years War' and returned to Boston to resume with his family business. He married Sarah Orne on August 17, 1757. Revere lead an eventful life and left his mark on American struggle for independence with his acts of courage. Here is more on Paul Revere's life and his contribution to the American war of independence.

Facts on Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

• Paul Revere actively participated in the work of 'Sons of Liberty' under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Warren.
  • The stone engravings made by Paul Revere following the 'Boston Massacre' became famous.
  • Revere was present at the famous 'Boston Tea Party', after which he became a messenger for the 'Boston Committee of Public Safety'. He often relayed important messages between Philadelphia and New York.
  • The famous 'Midnight Ride' for which Paul Revere is known to have received much attention was taken on the midnight of 18th April, 1774. Paul Revere and William Dawes were assigned the task of warning Samuel Adams and John Hancock about the British Army's march towards Lexington.
  • Paul Revere's ride till Lexington went on smoothly and he accomplished the task of informing Samuel Adams and his associates; however, Revere could not complete the ride to Concord as he was caught by British soldiers.
  • The British soldiers captured Revere on his way to Concord and freed him shortly afterwards because they had to hurry towards the Lexington Meeting-house after hearing about gunfire.

Interesting Facts about Paul Revere

• The recession that followed the 'Seven Years' War' had a great impact on the British economy. This in turn had a negative effect on the economy of the colonies. During this period Paul Revere's business witnessed a sharp decline and had to take up the profession of dentistry.
Paul Revere used to make artifacts and engravings in support of the cause of 'Son's of Liberty'. One of the famous engraving was that of the Boston Massacre - which took place in March, 1770.
In July, 1778, Paul Revere was sent to offer support to John Sullivan's forces at Newport. This move enabled them to offer stiff resistance to British forces. The British were unable to capture Newport and thus, returned empty-handed.
Paul Revere's Midnight ride is well-known to us. However, there are few who know that his midday gallop to Portsmouth too played an important part in the war against British. Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth on December 13, 1774.

Paul Revere Facts and Myths

• The facts about Paul Revere's life and his 'Midnight Ride' were interpreted differently by different authors and historians.
  • Until the 20th century, the poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was considered one of the few evidences of Revere's 'Midnight Ride'. However, it became clear later on that Longfellow, to some extent, had exaggerated the facts associated with the ride. Some of the facts about the Midnight ride that were misinterpreted by people are given below.
  • It was earlier believed that Paul Revere successfully completed his ride to Concord. However, according to modern historians, although the first phase of Revere's ride till Lexington was successful, he was captured on his way from Lexington to Concord.
  • Another false belief about the ride is that Revere was the only rider to whom the task of delivering the message had been assigned. On the contrary, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott accompanied him on this mission.

Facts on Paul Revere's War Life

• After working as a messenger, Paul Revere served on important posts in the army of the 'Sons of Liberty'. Here are some of the important facts about his war life.

• Soon after Paul Revere's 'Midnight Ride', the 'Battle of Lexington And Concord' against the British erupted. Revere became the lieutenant colonel of 'Massachusetts State Train of Artillery'.
  • He also served as commander of 'Castle Island', located in Boston Harbor.
  • In April, 1776, Paul Revere became Major of infantry of Massachusetts.
  • Paul Revere defended the Boston Harbor while he served on the post of Lieutenant Colonel at 'Castle William'.

Paul Revere's Life After War

• Once the war got over, Paul Revere had to look for an alternate source of income because the family business of silver trade had suffered major losses. He opened a goods store and later on entered the metal business. Revere opened a foundry unit in Boston's North End which manufactured iron and brass. He achieved great success in the foundry business.
  • Paul Apollo Revere passed away on 10th May, 1818 at his Charter street home in Boston; he was 83 years old at the time. The engravings and silverware created by him are preserved at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Paul Revere is considered as one of the highly-regarded patriots and soldiers of the 'American War of Independence'. Americans would remember his great deeds for a long time to come.