Paul Revere was very famous for his role in the events leading to the Revolutionary War. As the colonists anticipated the movement of the British army out of Boston, they needed to be prepared to get ready to fight immediately upon detecting the movement of the British army. The British wanted to capture colonial leaders who they believed were spearheading the Patriot movement. In particular, the British wanted to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Paul Revere is most famous for his ride that evening to warn Adams and Hancock that the British were coming. The interesting thing about this is that William Dawes was also one of the riders, but he isn’t nearly as well known as Paul Revere nor does he get as much credit as Paul Revere. Both men played an important role in alerting the colonial leaders in Massachusetts that the British army was on its way.