By Jayne E. Triber
Portraying the fellow at the back of the parable, "A actual Republican" is going past the recognized "ride" to discover Paul Revere's greater position within the American Revolution, the evolution of his political proposal, and his transformation from innovative artisan to entrepreneur within the early republic. "The most sensible complete biography we've of Revere".--Gordon S. wooden, writer of "The Radicalism of the yank Revolution". thirteen illustrations.
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There was only occasional eye-rolling as I worked Paul Revere into another lecture. In addition to the value of observations from friends, students, and colleagues in the academic community, I gained many insights from members of the general public who attended my lectures at Boston's Old South Meeting House and the Lynn (Massachusetts) Historical Society. During much of the research stage, I worked part-time for the National Park Service as a park ranger at the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Shortly after his arrival from England, he was fined for his "insolent carriage and speeches" to Governor Simon Bradstreet and later "sett in the bilbows, disfranchized and fined for speaking reproachfull and seditious words against the government ... " Dexter's lack of deference so outraged John Endecott that Endecott slapped him. 8 If he were a younger son who showed exceptional intelligence or a particular talent, like his cousin Benjamin Hichborn, his family might educate him for the ministry, medicine, or law.
His ability to curry favor with Massachusetts governor William Shirley resulted in Hancock's success in obtaining supply contracts for the British assault on Louisburg, Nova Scotia, in 1745. By war's end, Thomas Hancock's profits exceeded £12,000 sterling. His immense fortune, estimated at £100,000 and bequeathed to his nephew John Hancock, enabled the latter to grow up a gentleman instead of the impoverished orphan of a country minister. 15 Thomas Hancock proved that a socially advantageous marriage, choice of the right trade, patronage, and the acquisition of enormous wealth could help a man of modest origins become a man of influence.