What Were Paul Revere's Accomplishments?

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Paul Revere's accomplishments range from acting as a silversmith, dentist, artist and soldier, to playing an important role in political leadership, business, and running the first recorded patriot intelligence network. Paul Revere is an archetypal patriot of the American Revolution. He took part in the Boston Tea Party, but his most famous accomplishment as a political activist was his horseback ride on the night of April 18, 1775.

Paul Revere was the principal rider for Boston's Committee of Safety. In his most famed accomplishment, he rode his horse on the evening of April 18, 1775 to warn patriot leaders, as well as residents of the Massachusetts countryside, that there was an impending British invasion in the town of Lexington, Mass. His warning was made famous in a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."

Paul Revere was also a highly successful businessman. During the Revolutionary War, he constructed a powder mill to supply colonial arms. Following the war, he opened a hardware store, a foundry, and, upon discovering a method for rolling sheet copper, a rolling mill that produced sheathing for ships. He produced over 900 church bells, one of which rang in Boston's King Chapel.