Paul Revere was born in Boston to Apollos Rivoire and Deborah Hichborn (Hitchbourn). He apprenticed under his father, learning gold and silversmithing. Paul took over the family business following his father's death in 1754. In 1756, Revere volunteered to fight the French in the Crown Point expedition.. On August 17, 1757, he married Sarah Orne. Revere also added engraving, political cartoons, seals, bookplates, coats-of arms and dental work to his silversmithing.
On May 3, 1773, Sarah died and on October 10, 1773, he married Rachel Walker. He helped organize and participated in the Boston Tea Party. In 1774, he began serving as courier for the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence. It was in this capacity that he gained noteriety for his Midnight Ride on April 18-19, 1775. He went on to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel of the militia where he faced a courtmartial and acquittal. Following the war, he was a successful businessman. On May 10, 1818, Paul Revere died of natural causes at the age of eighty-three.
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