PAUL REVERE HISTORY LESSON
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Paul Rivoire was born in the year 1734. His parents were Apollos Rivoire and Deborah Hichborn. He was the second child out of 12 children. He had one older sister, so this made Paul the oldest son. Paul's name did not become Paul Revere until he changed it some time later in his life. Paul was born in Boston on the North End and went to school at the North Writing School. This is where Paul learned a basic education such as how to read and write. However, by the age of 12 his father taught him how to be a silversmith, which would end up being one of Paul's main careers.
One of Paul's first jobs was ringing the bells at the Old North Church. This was just the beginning for him though because when he was 19 his father died and he had to take over the job of supporting his entire family. Luckily, Paul had excellent talent working with silver and was able to make a living as a master of his own silversmith shop. During his 40 year career as a silversmith he created everything from spoons to full tea sets. Today, his work is regarded as some of the best in history.
When Paul turned 21, in 1755, he volunteered to fight the French in the French and Indian War. This would take Paul into upstate New York. Thanks to his hard work and dedication he became second lieutenant of the colonial artillery while fighting in the war.
It would be two years later, in 1757 when Paul had his first marriage to Sarah Orne. Together they had eight children! Unfortunately, Sarah died shortly after the birth of her eighth child, Isannah, in 1773. That same year Paul married Rachel Walker and had eight children with her. So, together Paul Revere was the father of sixteen children. (continued...)
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