PAUL REVERE
(1735 - 1818)

Paul Revere was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He

was born on January 1,1735. Little did he know that he

would become a great silversmith and a very famous

person. Paul was the second child out of 12 other children.

He was also the eldest son. He got a wonderful reputation

at a very young age.

Paul Reveres father was Apollos Rivoire, he was a

Huguenot (Protestant). His religious beliefs were not tolerated in

France. In 1716 he emigrated to America. He served as a

apprentice silversmith in Boston. He also opened his own shop.

To make his name easier to pronounce he changed his name to

Paul Revere. Paulís mother is Deborah Hitchbourn. Deborah

was the daughter of a well-to-do Artisan family.





Paul Revere was taught his fathers trade in his early teens.

While he was still a young man he got a great reputation as a

designer and a elegant silverware maker. Paul went to the North

Writing (Grammar) School. At the school he learned to read well

enough to understand a book and also understand the

newspaper. He learned to write reasonably well. Paul was 19

when his father died and the year was 1754.

Paul Revere was a silversmith and a American

Revolutionary Patriot. He also made artificial teeth,

surgical instruments, and engraved printing plates. Paul

also made printed money for Massachusetts Congress and

he designed the first official seal for the United colonies as

well as the seal which is used by Massachusetts. He

established a gun powder mill at Canton, Massachusetts..

The year of his most famous engraving was the year of the

Boston Massacre.

Paul got married to Sarah Orne in the summer of

1757(August 17,1757). They had 8 lovely children. They were
boys and girls. When she died in 1773, Paul married



Rachel Walker and had eight children with here also, but

five of the children died in infancy. When Rachel and his

son which is also named Paul died in 1813, he had

sadness and grief other than being healthy.

When tension developed between the colonies and the

mother country after the end of the Seven Years War

group of artisans who identified themselves with the critics

of the policies of the Mother Country.

In 1765 Paul had began experimenting with engraving on

copper and he produced several portraits and a songbook.

He also made seals, coats of arms, and bookplates. Paul

began to execute engravings which were anti-British. In

1768 he undertook dentistry and produced dental devices.

In that same year he made one of the most famous

pieces of American Colonial silver - the bowl commissioned

by the fifteen sons of Liberty.

After the war Paul operated as a Brass foundry and he

manufactured sheet copper at Canton, besides him



continuing his successful trade as a silversmith. In 1770

it was the year of his most famous engraving, that was

also the year of the Boston Massacre.

At age 21 Paul joined the British in a successful attack

on the French Fort at Crown Point, New York. Once he

wanted to serve in the Continental Army but, he was

assigned to do civilian work. Paul also served in the local

militia.

Paul made wonderful things out of copper and silver.

Some stuff that he made were engraved seals, coats of

arms, bookplates, produced portraits, and a songbook, plus

he made silverware. In 1792 he opened a foundry to cast

cannon and bells. At the age of 65 he learned how to roll

sheet copper. He was the first man in the United States to

do this. His copper sheets were used to resheathe the

bottom of the constitution (" Old Ironsides").

Paul served in many different things like the army and

the militia, but he also served as a lieutenant at Colonel

in Massachusetts state training of Artillery and he was a


commander at the Castle Island in Boston Harbor. He also

served as a major of militia in Boston after the British

had withdrew in 1776. Paulís father undistinguished a

military career and ended up with the failed Penobscot

expectation.

Paul Revere kept on making silver for a long time, and he

retired in 1811 at the age of seventy six ( 76). He left his

will