Paul Revere (Dictionary of World Biography: The 17th and 18th Centuries)
Article abstract: American Revolutionary patriot and propagandist, Revere was a prominent silversmith, engraver, and industrialist.
Paul Revere was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the third of twelve children born to Paul Revere and his wife, Deborah Hichborn Revere. Revere’s father, a French Huguenot who at an early age had gone to live with an uncle on the Isle of Guernsey in the English Channel, anglicized his name from Apollos De Revoire. After arriving in Boston in 1715, the thirteen-year-old Revere was apprenticed as a silversmith; he eventually opened his own shop and taught the craft to his son.
From age seven to thirteen, the younger Revere attended the North End Writing School in Boston, then devoted himself to learning silversmithing from his father. Even as a boy, Revere exhibited a strong sense of individual responsibility and dedication to community service, both Calvinist traits. He and several other boys formed a bell-ringers association dedicated to the principle that no member should beg money from any person. Revere, though he would become a wealthy craftsperson, would always be regarded as a member of the “mechanicks” class, a social status ranked below Boston’s elite. Of middling height, strong, and stocky, Revere displayed great energy and willingness to assume risks. Upon his death, a Boston newspaper described him as always “cool in thought, ardent in action” and...
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