Who Was Paul Revere?
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In 1775, Paul Revere of Boston made his now-famous horseback ride warning colonists of an impending attack by the British. This event went largely unnoticed in history until Longfellow celebrated it in a poem in 1861. So who was Paul Revere? In addition to being an American patriot, he was a skilled silversmith and made false teeth from hippo tusks! This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings to life Paul Revere's thrilling ride as well as the personal side of the man and the exciting times in which he lived.
However, now she paid rent to Paul. (This was the custom at the time.) Paul and Sary’s first child, a little girl named Deborah, was born in 1758. Every two years, Sary had another child. Paul called them his “little lambs.” By 1773, she’d given birth to eight children, but three died young. In the late 1700s, babies and young children often didn’t live long. There were no medicines to cure fevers. Sometimes outbreaks of a deadly disease called smallpox spread through Boston. Horrible sores
that all the bell ringers did their fair share of work. So he wrote up a contract. It described what the boys had to do as bell ringers. It said that every three months a different boy would hand out the money. New members could only join if everyone in the group voted them in. Paul also wrote that no member would ever “begg” for money. The members of the bell-ringing business worked for their money. Today, the contract is in the museum of Old North Church. It is neatly written. Paul’s
Canton, a country town near the copper mill. Paul still enjoyed saddling up a horse and dashing off for a ride. After Rachel died in 1813, Paul spent most of his time in Canton with his growing family. He was an old man now. And while most men wore long trousers and hats with brims, Paul still favored three-cornered hats and knee britches. He looked like someone from the past. By the time he died at eighty-three on May 10, 1818, he had more than fifty grandchildren. They had always
enjoyed hearing about their grandpa’s daring ride. But with each passing year, there were fewer people outside the Revere family who remembered it. Chapter 9 Fame at Last! Fifty years after Paul Revere’s death, the Revere silver company was still in business. But outside of his family, no one remembered Paul Revere. That all changed in 1861. Why did Paul Revere suddenly become famous? It was all because of a poem. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the best-loved poet in America. He was
known for writing about America’s past. He wrote about the Pilgrims in a poem called “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” He wrote about Native Americans in “Hiawatha.” In 1861, he wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride.” It turned Paul into a folk hero. The poem starts off with the lines: Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. Longfellow’s poem describes Paul’s ride as a thrilling adventure. Paul barely escapes from the British soldiers. But he manages to reach Sam