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The Two Marriages of Paul Revere


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The Two Marriages of Paul Revere
Paul Revere in 1801

Paul Revere, American patriot and silversmith. An 1801 engraving by Charles Saint Memin.

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Like many women of her time, Paul Revere's first wife, Sarah, died young. Paul, left with six children to raise, married again quickly after her death. His second marriage was not just a marriage of convenience. Correspondence between Paul and Rachel Walker show a genuine love for one another. Here is information about Paul Revere and his two marriages.

First Wife -- Sarah Orne (1757-1773)

Second Wife -- Rachel Walker (1773-1813)


Basic Information About Paul Revere


There are different theories as to the date of Paul Revere's birth. According to his tombstone, he was born in January 1734 in Boston, Massachusetts. Based on his baptismal date, other references that state he was born on December 21, 1734 (O.S.) or on January 1, 1735 (N.S.). Old Style Calendar Info


At the age of 83, Paul Revere died of natural causes at his home on Charter Street on May 10, 1818 in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul was buried in the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street in Boston.


Paul Revere had a total of sixteen children.
David Fisher: "Among his sixteen children, five were buried as infants and five more in early adulthood ... Many of these deaths came suddenly, with shattering force. The children died mostly of 'fevers' that struck without warning. Whenever his babies took sick, Paul Revere was overcome by an agony of fear for his 'little lambs,' as he called them. Their numbers did not diminish the depth of his anxiety. Even his ebullient spirits were utterly crushed and broken by their death."
Source: David Hackett Fisher. Paul Rever's Ride. 1995. pg. 15.


Paul was a silversmith, goldsmith, engraver, patriot, member of Sons of Liberty, dentist, and importer. Paul also owned a hardware store, iron and brass foundry, and copper rolling mill. In 1756, Paul Revere served in the French & Indian War. He was involved in the Boston Tea Party in 1773, but is more known for his famous horseback ride on the night of April 18, 1775.


After living in his father's home for many years, Paul and Sarah purchased a home in 1770 in North Square, Boston. Paul owned the home until 1800.
The Paul Revere House
North End Walk
Esther Forbes: "In the seventeenth century it may have looked much as it does today, a two-story, peak-roofed, tiny house with a scowling medieval overhang. Seemingly there is no conceivable place to put Paul Revere himself, a wife, mother, and all those children. But the tax assessments of 1790 describe this house in that year as having three stories and seventeen windows ... His house was about the width of his frontage on the Square, but his land ran back all the way to the Cockerel Church, which faced on Middle Street, and it broadened out as it went back to such an extent he owned a large part of the middle of the block."
Source: Esther Forbes. Paul Revere and the World He Lived In. 1999. pg. 169.

Quotes About Paul Revere and His Marriages:

Joel Miller: "There's every indication that he loved his wife and home, but he also frequented inns and taverns, joined clubs, and befriended many people high and low."
Source: Joel Miller. The Revolutionary Paul Revere. 2010. pg. 39.

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