Born in 1734 in Boston, Paul Revere grew up to be a gold- and silversmith like his father. Years before he joined the Boston Tea Party and warned of the approach of British soldiers during the Revolutionary War, he attended school and served an apprenticeship, leading a middle-class life.
Revere took over his father's gold- and silversmith shop at the age of 19 when his father died. He supported his mother and six younger siblings. After he married and started his own family, he added engraving and dentistry to his services. Despite the economic hardships experienced throughout most of Boston as a result of high British taxes, he earned an impressive living, serving many upper-class customers and gaining a reputation as a master goldsmith and expert artisan.
However, Revere began to realize that the financial squeeze put on most local businesses could eventually affect him and became an activist, leading to his involvement in Colonial resistance movements.
Following the Revolutionary War, Revere learned to roll copper and opened the nation's first copper-rolling mill. He also owned and operated a hardware store and a foundry. He retired at age 76 and died seven years later.
In December of 2014, a time capsule assembled and buried by Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock was discovered under the Massachusetts State House during a water leak repair attempt. The capsule, made of cow hide, contained five newspapers and a coin collection, along with a silver plate personally engraved by Revere.