Listen, my children....

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  1. Gwen

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    ...and you shall hear
    of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere!

    Today is the 231st anniversary of Paul Revere's Ride. William Dawes also rode with Paul Revere that night, but we don't usually hear about him. Does anyone know why?
     
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    Revere had better publicity: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem immortalized Revere and ignored Dawes. (To be fair, Revere rode on many missions as principal rider for Boston's Committee of Safety.)

    (Dawes' family did very well despite the lack of publicity, though; his great-grandson was president of the United States and received the Nobel Peace Prize.)
     
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    rsr, who was Dawes' great-grandson?
     
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    OK, I looked it up! [​IMG]

    William Dawes great grandson was Charles Dawes, Vice President under Calvin Coolidge.
     
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    Oops. I meant to type VP. Well, anyway, it's all Longfellow's doing. A good publicity agent can make all the difference.
     
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    BTW, Dawes was also the only VP to have written the music for what would become a #1 hit song.

    In 1912 Dawes composed what he called "Melody in A Major."

    In the 1950's Carl Sigmon added the lyrics and called it "It's All in the Game," which went on to be a #1 by Tommy Edwards.
     
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    What about the horse??? Can you look that one up too, Gwen??? [​IMG]
     
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    Not to take anything away from Revere or Dawes, but what about Israel Bissel?

    Bissel rode 350 miles from Boston to Philadelphia to warn the Continental Congress and the various military outposts along the way of the coming of the British.

    Revere rode 15 miles from Boston to Cambridge.

    Each man performed their duties faithfully and heroically, but in the big picture, Bissell's ride had a far, far greater impact.

    If only Longfellow had found something that would rhyme with Israel Bissell.
     
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    Listen, my children, and do not pause;
    You're gonna hear about William Dawes...


    Yeah, I think I see why he went for the PR, too.
     
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    Apparently Paul Revere was also a plagiarist. He stole and used the plates of the Boston Massacre illustration that he is so often given credit for creating.
     
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    15 miles??

    15 miles??

    Is that all??

    Mercy---I ride 15 miles to town just about everyday

    If Revere had a horse that could trot along at 15 miles per hour----why---it would have taken just a measley hour to get there with the news!!
     

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