Paul Revere became famous when he rode through Lexington, Mass., on horseback to warn residents and Lexington Militiamen of the approaching British forces in 1775. Revere created a system that used lanterns to alert the people of Lexington of the impending British invasion. He also took part in the Boston Tea Party and was the prominent rider for Boston's Committee of Safety.
After Revere delivered his initial message of the approaching British, he banded together with two additional riders, William Dawes and Dr. Samuel Prescott. The three riders decided on a plan that would involve traveling to Concord, Mass., where they would retrieve hidden supplies and weapons. Not long after, the three men were captured by a British patrol. Revere was taken prisoner and eventually released while Dawes and Prescott escaped shortly after being captured.