Portrait of Paul Revere by John Singleton Copley, c. 1768–70Paul Revere (Late December, 1734 – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride.
Revere was a prosperous and prominent Boston silversmith, who helped organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the British military. Revere later served as an officer in the Penobscot Expedition, one of the most disastrous campaigns of the American Revolutionary War, for which he was absolved of blame.
“Went up town with the milk this morning and spread manure rest of the forenoon. We hitched up “Billy” again this afternoon and went and got another jag of wood and then spread manure until night. Has been very warm today. Beautiful day. The Isaac Johnson heifer calved this afternoon and has got along nicely.”