Paul Revere’s Birthday!

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Paul Revere was born on December 21, 1734 in Boston, Massachusetts. Revere was considered an activist in his time, and an artisan. He owned a shop where he created items such as teapots, and silverware and other fine items people needed and wanted and the time, often putting his seal so show that the work was his. He also served as a colonial militia officer, and was part of the Minutemen. Most famous for his midnight ride, which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem called “Paul Revere’s Ride” where, he tells Paul Revere’s infamous story.

On December 16, 1773, Revere also participated as one of the ringleaders of the Boston Tea Party. A bunch of colonists dressed up as Indians and boarded the Dartmouth, and dumped the tea of the British East India Company in Boston Harbor. They did this in opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765.

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere made that fateful ride we all hear about in Longfellow’s poem. Revere send a signal to Charlestown, and traveled by horse than by rowboat to deliver his message, and then of to Lexington, anything to avoid the British troops. In 1776, Revere was commissioned a major of infantry in the Massachusetts militia. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the artillery.

Things did not always work out as Revere as hoped. He tried to become a military officer and failed, and despite the times and success of his business, his business was only able to grow so far due to the economic climate. Probably much as things are today. He was an entrepreneur, and he became interested in manufacturering.

Revere must have become frustrated upon putting so much effort, and working to make so many connections those things at times did not come to about, as he wanted. Revere never realized how important he really was since he made it to the history books. He seemed to want more money, and a better station, since later on in life he believed in Alexander Hamilton’s ideas. Revere felt they matched his own.

Reference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Revere#cite_note-FOOTNOTETriber19987-4

Cassandra

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