On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere made history with his midnight ride to warn colonists that the British were coming. The Trivia Today team has put together these five shocking facts you probably didn't know about Paul Revere and his midnight ride!
Revere Never Shouted, "The British Are Coming!" Though it certainly makes the story more exciting, the statement would have made no sense in 1775 considering the fact that colonialists were...well...all British. That'd be a bit like running through Massachusetts today saying, "Americans are coming this way!" Actual accounts of Revere's midnight ride reveal he and his riding pals actually said: "The Regulars are coming out." The reason for the wrong message is because Longfellow changed the wording in his poem.
He Had To Borrow A Horse To Make His Famous Ride Revere's job was given to him by the Massachusetts Committee of Safety and Boston Committee of Correspondence to work as an express rider and deliver news, documents, and messages. Since Revere had to cross the Charles River, he needed a horse on the other side. He borrowed one from John Larkin, a Charlestown patriot, who got it from his father, Deacon John Larkin. The horse, a mare named Brown Beauty, was captured and Larkin would never see Brown Beauty again. Revere did, however, refer to the beast as "a very good horse."
Revere Was Captured Before He Completed His Ride Although Paul Revere did ride to warn colonists the British were coming, he wasn’t the only one warning colonists. Nor did he ride alone. Revere was accompanied by Samuel Prescott and William Dawes, and they split up later, going in different directions. Around halfway through their ride, Revere was captured by a British patrol, and Dawes lost his horse, but Prescott made it to Concord in time to spread the news that the British were on their way.
Revere Found His Calling As A Businessman After the American Revolution, Revere opened a hardware store, a foundry and eventually the first rolling copper mill in the United States. He provided materials for the historic frigate USS Constitution, which played an important role in the War of 1812 and is the world’s oldest floating commissioned naval vessel. He also produced more than 900 church bells, one of which still rings every Sunday in Boston’s King’s Chapel. Revere Copper Products, Inc., is still in operation today.
It's a Wonder He Had Time for Anything Revere was the father of 16 children, half by Sarah Orne, his first wife, and the others with Rachel Walker, his second wife. The children grew up at 19 North Square in a townhome that is the oldest building in Boston, constructed in 1680. Eleven of his children survived to become adults, and when Revere died at 83, five still lived.