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Key Facts & Information
EARLY AND PERSONAL LIFE
- Born on January 1, 1735, Paul Revere was the son of a French Huguenot immigrant, Apollos Rivoire and Deborah Hichborn, from an artisan family in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Young Paul was able to receive sufficient education, but with the influence of his father, he spent most of his time making silver articles, copper plates, and surgical instruments.
- At the age of 22, Paul married his first wife, Sarah Orne, with whom he had eight children.
- When his wife died after giving birth to their last child, he then married Rachel Walker and had eight more children.
- As a silversmith, he created pieces ranging from spoons to full tea sets. During tough times, Revere would advertise as a dentist. He would clean teeth, but also wire in false teeth made from walrus ivory or animal teeth.
- In 1765, Paul became a member of the militant group, the Sons of Liberty. This political group wanted liberty for the colonies.
- Other famous members included the American Patriots John Adams, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock.
- Paul Revere was a ringleader in the Boston Tea Party. The event happened on December 16, 1773, when colonists disguised as Indians dumped tea into the harbor from the Dartmouth and two other ships. He might also have been present in the Boston Massacre (as called by the colonists).
- His most famous engraving, The Bloody Massacre in King Street was engraved in copper in 1770.
- In April of 1775, there was a rumor that the British Army, stationed in Boston, were preparing to advance. It was thought they would make their move on the leaders of the Sons of Liberty and other American Patriots.
- The Sons of Liberty were watching the British closely and were able to send riders to warn the colonists. Paul Revere helped to warn the colonists that the British were coming. Both Revere and William Dawes set out to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington – both riders setting out on different routes. Revere also told other riders along the way to pass on the warning and by the end of the night, there were as many as 40 riders carrying the warning.
- He also used a warning system that involved using lanterns. Revere instructed Robert Newman, the sexton of the North Church, to set lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church as an alert to colonists in Charleston.
- One lantern meant the British were coming by land and two mean they were coming by sea.
- This is well known today by the phrase “one if by land, two if by sea“.
- During the ride, Revere was detained by British troops. Dr. Joseph Warren told Revere and Dawes that the British were approaching Lexington along the Charles River. After warning Lexington, they rode on towards Concord but were detained by British soldiers. They escaped and Paul Revere walked back to John Hancock so that he could help him and his family to escape Lexington.
- He did not yell “the British are coming!”. This quote is often attributed to Paul Revere, but his mission was one of secrecy because the countryside was filled with British army patrols and Massachusetts colonists – most of which still thought of themselves as British. Revere’s actual warning, according to eyewitness accounts and his own description, was “The Regulars are coming out.“
AFTER THE REVOLUTION
- He was not famous during his lifetime. His story and life only became famous in 1861 when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride“, detailing the midnight ride to warn the colonists of the British approach.
- After the American Revolution, Revere ran a small hardware store. The store imported goods from England and, in 1788, he opened a foundry (metal factory), making bolds, spikes, and nails for shipyards in the North End, as well as cannons and cast bells.
- In 1811, he retired at the age of 76. He left his copper business to his sons and grandsons. His wife Rachel and son Paul both died two years later, in 1813.
- Paul Revere died on May 10, 1818. He was 83 years old and left five children, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is buried in Boston’s Granary Burying Ground.
Paul Revere Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle that includes everything you need to know about Paul Revere across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Paul Revere worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Paul Revere who was an American silversmith, an engraver, and a Patriot in the American Revolution. He is best known for his famous ride to warn the colonists of the approaching British forces.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Paul Revere Facts
- The Rider
- Sons of Liberty
- A Day in Boston
- The Midnight Ride
- Patriot Acrostic
- Not the British Are Coming?
- Revere’s Lanterns
- Job Description
- Amazing Revolution
- The Regulars Are Coming!
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