Many folks have probably never heard of him, and yet his name should be ranked right up there with Washington, Jefferson, and the rest. Let's take the time this morning to take a closer look at Mr. Warren!
Father of the Revolution
Joseph Warren (1741-1775 AD) was regarded by many in his time as the true architect of the American Revolution. He was the key figure in one of history’s most famous tea parties. He wrote a set of Resolves that served as the blueprint for the first autonomous American government. He delivered a speech that sparked the first battles of the Revolutionary War. He sent Paul Revere out on one of history’s most famous rides. He was the only Patriot leader, prior to the Declaration of Independence, to risk his life against the British on the Battlefield (Sandler 55). And, remarkably, he has been largely lost to history. He was surrounded by names we are all familiar with, and yet his own name is barely ever heard these days. Interestingly, his brother went on to found Harvard Medical School, and fourteen US States have a Warren County named after him.
This one caught me totally off guard, I have to admit! I feel really ignorant that I didn't know about Mr. Warren before, but I'll bet I won't forget him again!
Let's have our coffee on the patio this morning. Time to start getting recipes for Thanksgiving, I think!