When you think about the American Revolution, normally the name that springs to mind is General George Washington. Surely the great hero that caused the birth of the United States of America is the famous George? Well, he definitely played his part in building the Continental Army. But one man seems to be generally forgotten in the history books of America, yet you find counties all over the country named after him! His name is Joseph Warren, and he was the true starter of the American Revolution.
The revolution took place during 1765 and 1783, during this time the thirteen colonies that were the American Patriots were able to win independence from Great Britain.
Joseph Warren was a young doctor in Boston and was known to be a very good physician. As a result, he had access to many high ranking loyalist figures, which meant he was a perfect spy for the revolution. He was part of the secret Sons of Liberty organization, which was founded to help the colonists and fight against the taxes forced by the British government. Many believe that had he have lived just a little longer, he definitely would be remembered as one of the founding fathers of the United States.
In 1775, he delivered a powerful speech to remember the Boston Massacre dressed in a white Roman toga. The toga was the symbol of democracy, so his message was clear! British soldiers tried to intimate him by holding up bullets, but he was not qualified. This speech was met with a roaring success from the crowds, some say it even sparked the first conflicts of the war.
After the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed an act to suspend the colonial governments and even closed the port of Boston. However, Warren mustered the representatives of Boston and penned the Suffolk Resolves. Essentially, he wrote a radical solution that basically told the British government they would not listen to them and that their local militias would be armed! He sent out Paul Revere on the famous horse ride through the night to take those resolutions to the Congress in Philadelphia.
Not only did he start the revolution though, he did not sit on the sidelines either. He was the only Patriot leader that took part in the action, prior to the Declaration of Independence. While other members of the Sons of Liberty were sitting around becoming delegates, he joined the volunteers on the battlefield. Fighting in the Battle of Bunker Hill, he became a symbol of the revolution when he was killed.
Yet the household names that are remembered are Samuel Adams, John Hancock or John Adams. Joseph Warren: the forgotten American hero.