Paul Revere, Midnight Rider


Paul Revere was born in Boston, Massachusetts on the 1st of January, 1735. He was the third child of Apollos De Revoire and the oldest son who lived until adulthood. According to a background check of the family, his father arrived in Boston at the age of 13 and worked as an apprentice to a silversmith. Later on, the family name was changed to “Revere”.

When Revere was young, he attended Boston’s North Writing School, and his father taught him gold and silver-smithing as well. After his father passed away, he took over the family silver shop and ran it with his mother. At the age of 22, Revere took Sarah Orne as his wife, and they produced eight children eventually.

Around 1765, Revere was creating copper engravings, and he made a song book and a number of portraits. His popularity as an engraver grew, and many people came to his shop to order seals, bookplates, and coats of arms. He was also known for his anti-British engravings. In the year 1768, Revere created a bowl for an organization called the Sons of Liberty, and the bowl became a very well-known colonial-era silver piece in later years. The Sons of Liberty was an anti-British organization that protested the Stamp Act of 1765. Revere also carved frames for the famous American painter John Singleton Copley, who painted a portrait of him in return.

The Midnight Ride

Around the beginning of the 1770s, Revere became an active member of the revolutionary group that was fighting against British colonial rule, and he took part in the Boston Tea Party in 1773. He served the Massachusetts Committee of Safety as a messenger, and he made regular trips to deliver messages to American rebels. On the 18th of April, 1775, Revere received order from the Committee of Safety chairman to go to Lexington, Massachusetts to inform rebels John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British were going to arrest them. He crossed the Charles River and hung two lanterns at the Boston North Church bell-tower to indicate that the British were coming by sea. Then, he made his way to Lexington, Massachusetts. When he arrived at midnight, he told John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British were coming for them, and the rebels fled to safety. As he was riding to Concord, Massachusetts, Revere was caught by British soldiers, but he managed to persuade them to let him go. Then, he traveled back to Lexington to witness the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Revere continued to work as a silversmith after the Revolutionary War. He passed away on the 10th of May, 1818, but he will always be remembered as the heroic “Midnight Rider” who helped his country gain victory in the Revolutionary War.

Important Sites of Colonial Boston

Today, Paul Revere’s house is one of the sites on the Freedom Trail of Boston, a 2.5 mile trail that leads to 16 historically significant sites. The house is the oldest surviving building in the city of Boston, and it is presently a museum that features 18th century furniture, Revere’s silver creations, and other interesting items. It is a small wooden house that was constructed around 1680, and it represents the typical colonial-era frame house in Boston.

Another interesting site on the Freedom Trial is the Faneuil Hall. The Faneuil Hall is a splendid brick building that was built in the year 1741 by Peter Faneuil. In the past, the hall was the place where many significant speeches and political decisions were made. As such, it is also known as “The Cradle of Liberty” and “The Home of Free Speech”. The Long Wharf is another famous landmark in Boston. It was built in the 17th century, and its Customhouse Tower was once the highest building in all of New England. The Gardiner Building in the wharf was formerly the counting house of John Hancock. Other historic sites on the Freedom Trail include Boston Common, the State House, the Old North Church, the Old Corner Book Store, and others.

Information on Colonial America

Paul’s Ride

Music of the Revolution