What Are Some Fun Facts About Paul Revere?


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Fun facts about Paul Revere include that he used his silversmith skills to practice amateur dentistry, wiring dentures made from animal teeth or walrus tusks into his patients' mouths. According to legend, he made wooden dentures for George Washington, though this is untrue.

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Paul Revere was a man of many talents. His copper plate engravings were used to make illustrations for tavern menus and political cartoons. One of his engravings, a propagandist depiction of the Boston Massacre in 1770, was admitted as evidence in the ensuing trial. The Central Intelligence Agency credited the rebel colonialist with founding the first Patriot intelligence network. His Boston-based group, the "mechanics," spied on British soldiers and shared information in the legendary Green Dragon Tavern. He also disguised himself as a Mohawk Indian to participate in the Boston Tea Party

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere's famous night ride got many of the facts wrong, including the shout attributed to Paul Revere, "The British are coming!" The mission to warn colonial rebels that the British soldiers were coming was actually carried out as discreetly as possible. Revere actually needed to borrow a steed for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775, because he didn't own a horse.

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