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Paul Revere had been one of Boston's leading silversmiths and a supporter of anti-British protests for years before his famous engraving of the "Bloody Massacre." He had published satirical and propagandistic engravings in Boston newspapers since the Stamp Act protests.He remained a devotee of the Patriot cause, participating in the Boston Tea Party and of course as a rider alerting area minutemen of the British drive toward Concord. It was this act, rather than his previous contributions to the cause, that won him fame. He went on to serve as a militia officer, and was a major supporter of ratification of the Constitution. However, he was not given national acclaim as a Revolutionary hero until 1861, when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published his famous poem "Paul Revere's Ride." He was a prosperous businessman, working as a metalsmith for the remainder of his life, though it is difficult to say that his work on the Boston Massacre engraving earned him any more fame or prestige than he would have otherwise had.
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