Paul Revere

Paul Revere


Paul Revere

January 1, 1735: Birth of a Patriot and a Freemason

American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, early American Patriot and Freemason, Paul Revere was born on January 1, 1735 in Boston.

Four years after the Lodge St Andrews No. 81 in Boston was chartered, 25-year-old Paul Revere was initiated on September 4, 1760 and was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on January 27, 1761.
Brother Revere soon became a very active participant in the craft. Records dating to December 11, 1769, have Brother Revere listed as a Royal Arch Mason and Knight Templar. But no lodge became more important to Brother Revere than his home lodge in Boston. Appointed Junior Deacon and later elected Junior Warden and Secretary. By the time he was 35, he was installed as Worshipful Master on November 30, 1770, the same year he was Senior Grand Deacon of the Massachusetts (Provincial) Grand Lodge.

Elected nine times as Worshipful Master (5 with St. Andrew’s Lodge and 4 with Rising States Lodge), Brother Revere also as Junior Grand Warden 1777-79, Senior Grand Warden (1780-83), Deputy Grand Master (1784-85, 1791-92) and was the second Grand Master (1795-97) of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

Brother Revere accomplished many important tasks during his long and illustrious Masonic career, later stating in 1797 that serving as Grand Master was the “greatest happiness” of his life. More famous today from his part in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem, we remember Brother Revere as one of the most important Freemasons in American History.

Happy Birthday Dear Brother Paul Revere!

Written by Wor. Bro. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA
Trustee Chairman and Historian, Jephtha Lodge No. 494 F. & A.M.
Area 1 Historian, Nassau and Suffolk Masonic Districts
Co-Editor, Craftsmen Online NY Masonic History column
32° Scottish Rite,  Valley of Rockville Centre
Companion of Asharokan Chapter No. 288, Royal Arch Masons
Member of Suffolk Council No. 76, Cryptic Masons
Author, “Long Island Freemasons,” Arcadia Publishing, 2020

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