10 Facts About Paul Revere

Portrait of Paul Revere, by John Singleton Copley,  c. 1768–70

Portrait of Paul Revere, by John Singleton Copley, c. 1768–70

Paul Revere was a silversmith in the time of the American Revolution, and is well remembered for his patriotic actions and involvement in the American Revolution.

1. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Probably what most people know him for, the famous “Midnight Ride” of Paul Revere, occurred on the night of April 18 or early morning of April 19, 1775. Revere, along with two other messengers were sent to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the movements of the British Army. Revere set out to accomplish his task, and along the way he risked himself by warning other patriots, and encouraging them to spread the message that the British were coming. Several of those Revere warned also rode on horseback to deliver warnings of their own. This meant that during the night nearly 40 riders were spreading the message of the movement of the British army, and preparing the patriots to fight. The reason this midnight ride is so well remembered is because of the magnitude of the message, and the results of it being delivered properly.

2. Battles of Lexington and Concord

One of the reasons Paul Revere is famous today is because of his role as a messenger, not just the night of the midnight ride, but also during The Battles of Lexington and Concord. He played an important role as he helped to organize an intelligence and alarm system that was designed to keep watch over the British forces and warn Americans of threats so that they could be prepared.

3. Craftsman

Besides being a wonderful messenger, Paul Revere was also a very influential and wealthy man of his time due to his craftsmanship. He was well respected as a talented man in his trade, and was commissioned to engrave plaques and signs for some very important historical sites including one for the Boston Massacre.

4. Manufacturing

When the war was over, Revere did not just fall off the face of the historical significance map. In fact, his skill as a craftsman helped him to recognize the potential that existed for manufacturing metal on a large scale, and he became instrumental in the forward movement of manufacturing rather than just cottage industry production.

5. War experience

Paul Revere played a key role in the Revolutionary War, and was able to be such a key figure, and forward thinker about alarms, etc, because the Revolutionary War was not Revere’s first experience with war. Although only briefly, Paul Revere fought during the Seven Years War and served as a lieutenant in an artillery regiment at the time.

6. Sons of Liberty

Revere was involved in the early political circles of America. Because of his wealth and prominence, Revere got to know a great number of political figures, and he was commissioned to create a number of political engravings. Part of this involvement lead to his involvement with Sons of Liberty, a historically significant group that helped free American fro British grasp.

7. Committee of Public Safety

Following the Boston Tea Party, Revere started working for the Committee of Public Safety. His role was to deliver messages about the political unrest that was occurring in the city of New York to Philadelphia. Again, a large contributor to American liberty.

8. The Hero

One of the reasons Revere is so well known is because his story became almost mythical in power. The fact is there is little evidence to show that Revere yelled out the words, “The British are coming,” in fact most historians would argue that he likely did not, and instead delivered the messages in secret due to the fact that at the time there were British loyalist all throughout the countryside, and he would have been in grave danger. Thus, his most famous act was probably not as heroic as it has been made out to be, nor as historically significant as much of his other contributions to the revolution. However, it is often the tales of heroics that make people famous rather than the actual acts.

9. Revere’s run in with the British

Whether or not his ride was significant or not, Revere was a key part of the revolution, and was after that famous night’s ride he was detained and questioned by British loyalists and taken at gunpoint by British officers toward Lexington. He never got that far as the officers were distracted by gun fire, and he was able to escape on foot. His work during the Revolution put his life at risk many times, making his sacrifice and actions more notable.

10. Longfellow

The fact is, Revere was a contributor to the Revolution just like many others. Why we remember him, is that over forty years after his death Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a well known poet, wrote about his ride.


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    PAull revere is one of the men that helped our nation so much. He is amazingly amazing.

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  • Jack

    Acording to Biography.com, Paul Revere never did become a gentleman because he wasn’t wealthy enough, just to let you know.

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  • lexi

    Paul Revere is such a cool dude but… he didn’t really warn the people while he was riding on his horse to see the british there was a other dude that warned the people while Paul was gone :)

    • http://surnetkids.com Ben Andrews

      you are wrong he did warn the towns as well as a 16 year old girl and a slave but he made a decoy so the y din’t get caught but he did.

  • lexi

    I’m really trying really nice but he didn’t really do any thing he rode on his horse big whoop the real guy that did it, is who we should be talking about :/

    • http://surnetkids.com Ben Andrews

      without him lexington and concord and Vermont would be taken by the british and then they would be able to take the north easier

  • Ben Hernandez

    this is way cool but Paul Revere didn’t actually warn everybody that the British were coming. somebody else that was there with Paul did

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  • anonymous

    paul revere didnt warn all the colonies. he didnt even finish his ride! dr. scott prescott was the one who finished the ride. william dawes deserves some credit too. paul revere was captured and released when the regulars heard the battle start. paul was like an hour late for the battle.

  • AJ

    Actually when he got caught, a person who was hiding from the British on the same road carried on the news.

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    The saying ” the british are coming” was quoted at night so it probably didn’t alarm any loyalists.

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    why are you all so negetive. paul revere did warn everybody and help in the war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cheesy

    paul gave us freedom!!!!!!!!!!!