American History Database: Paul Revere
Paul Revere was a silversmith who became a folk hero of the American Revolution. A leading patriot in Boston during the 1770s, he became well known as the messenger who alerted the Massachusetts countryside with the words, "The British are coming!" when British troops marched to Lexington and Concord in April 1775 to capture a colonial arsenal. In the 19th century, Revere was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride."