Sunday, August 16, 2009
On August 16, 1773, Paul Revere dressed up like an Indian and took part in the violent takeover and looting of a commercial merchant vessel sitting in Boston harbor. He was 38, a successful silversmith, engraver and part-time dentist, a businessman with a family to support and plenty to lose if he were caught and tried for this kind of hooliganism. But he did it anyway. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Paul Revere appears four times in A Book of Ages.