colonial artist shows Paul Revere
Paul Revere was born in 1735 in the colonial town of Boston, Massachusetts. His father, a master craftsman, ran his own silversmith shop. Since most colonial boys followed their fathers trade, Paul Revere trained as a silversmith during his teenage years. But when Paul was just nineteen years old, his father died, leaving behind a large family. As the oldest son, Paul Revere was allowed to take over the shop, even though he wasnt legally old enough and hadnt finished his apprenticeship. He worked as a silversmith for forty years, becoming one of the most famous American silver artists.
Although Paul Revere made over five thousand silver objects, that was not the only work he did during his life. He cast church bells and cannons, engraved copper for printmaking, drew political cartoons, created and repaired jewelry, produced equipment for ships, ran a hardware store, designed false teeth, made surgeons and dentists tools, and even practiced some dentistry himself. Yet he remains best known for riding from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts, at the start of the American Revolution, to warn that British troops were coming.