(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Revere, one of the most highly regarded silversmiths of his day, was also one of Boston’s strongest supporters of independence leading up to the revolution. As tension between the colonies and Great Britain mounted in the 1770s, Revere remained resolute in his support of the patriotic ideology, and created an intelligence gathering network to track British troop movements. Then, on April 18th, 1775, Revere and several others rode out into the countryside in order to alert Colonial militias of the approaching British forces just prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord. Though he later served as an officer in the Massachusetts militia, his service was minor, and he has forever been remembered for his daring “Midnight Ride.” After the war, Revere returned to his prosperous silversmith shop where he would live out the remainder of his life.