Paul Revere
Burial Location Visited
Boston, Massachusetts July 6, 2007


Boston native and Revolutionary War hero                                                 In honor of the silversmith, the
Paul Revere is also buried within the confines                                             cemetery's visitors have left 
of the Granary Burial Ground.                                                                   stones atop his grave.


Revere was born on January 1, 1735 according                           Paul Revere's original grave marker, which
to the Gregorian calendar, which is December                             is right beside his newer one.
24, 1734 O.S.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Revere
 was a veteran of the French and Indian War, though he served for only a brief amount of time. He soon left the army and went into the family business. 
Revere made a living as a silversmith, a dentist, and an engraver. It was he that eventually created the well-known engraving of the Boston Massacre.

* As bad blood began to brew between England and the colonies, Revere sided with his fellow colonists. Revere later became a prominent member of the Sons of Liberty, an organization of colonists that used harsh actions in order to speak out against British authority. It was this group that famously conducted the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

* On the evening of April 18th, Paul Revere and another man named William Dawes were sent out to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Lexington of the forthcoming British troops that were planning to arrest the two and steal the colonists' supplies in Concord. As Revere rode his horse to Lexington, he warned colonists of the approaching British soldiers and suggested that they grab their muskets and prepare to fight. When he reached Lincoln, Massachusetts, British troops took Revere's horse from him and prepared to take him with them. However, shots broke out in the distance, and the troops rode away, leaving Revere behind. He then travelled by foot to the house where Hancock and Adams were staying, and was able to help them escape.

* Contrary to belief, Paul Revere did not shout "The British are coming!" through the streets of Boston. Instead, he alerted rebel colonists by knocking on their doors and telling them the message. There were many loyalists living in the area, and several British regiments on patrol passed Revere during the course of the night. Had he shouted those fabled words, he would have been captured, soon followed by Hancock and Adams, and all three of them likely would have been executed. The quote was popularized in the famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, entitled "Paul Revere's Ride". Additionally, the colonists were all under British rule at the time, thus making them British, which means the phrase would have made no sense.

* One of Revere's closest friends, Dr. Joseph Warren, was among the 115 colonists killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was Warren who had sent Revere on his midnight ride. As was customary with war dead, Warren was buried in an unmarked grave with all of the other fatalities. When the British troops evacuated Boston ten months later, Warren's family and friends traveled to the battle field in an attempt to find his body. Amidst digging, the group came upon two soldiers buried together on the battle field. After seeing how decayed the corpses were, the group feared that they would never be able to recognize Warren's body and give him a proper burial. However, Revere was able to recognize his friend's body, noticing the false tooth and wire he had placed in his mouth prior to his death.

Spouse: Sarah Orne Revere (1736-1773)

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