Paul Revere, who was both a successful businessman and a patriot, helped warn the Colonel militia that the British militia was threatening to harm the colonists.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the famous patriot of the American Revolution:
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #1:
He was a silversmith who helped keep watch on the British military. This is important to note because there was tension at the time between the British military and the colonists.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #2:
Another interesting fact is that he had 16 children in total with two wives. A sad fact about the children is that only 11 survived to adulthood.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #3:
Revere never said the following words, “The British are coming!” This is an important fact because British members of the military could have heard him if he had uttered such words. That is because some were staying in the countryside of Massachusetts.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #4:
As many people know, there is a poem about the American Revolutionary War hero. One fact that some people do not know is that there is an updated poem about his famous ride. The poem goes, ‘Tis all very well for the children to hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, but why should my name be quite forgot, who rode as boldly and well, God wot? Why should I ask? The reason is clear – My name was Dawes and his Revere.” The poem was written by Helen F. Moore in 1896.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #5:
An interesting fact about the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is that the poem is factually inaccurate at certain points. For instance, Revere was not by himself when he warned people such as John Hancock that the British military was threatening to invade on April 18, 1775.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #6:
The famous colonist is related to Abraham Lincoln. More specifically, Lincoln’s father was a cousin of two son-in-laws of Revere. On a side note, I previously mentioned in another article that Lincoln is also related to Academy-Award winning actor Tom Hanks.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #7:
After the war, Revere became a businessman. He opened a hardware store and a foundry.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #8:
He also made money after the war through his rolling copper mill. His mill was the first such mill in the United States.
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #9:
Revere also established the first patriot intelligence network according to written record. The name of the network was the “mechanics.”
10 Interesting Facts About Paul Revere #10:
Paul Revere was a strategic thinker. In fact, he once spoke about how the British army could be stopped. In his words, “If the British went out by water, we would show two lanterns in the North Church steeple; and if by land, one, as a singal.”
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