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Paul Revere ... patriot / manufacturer / innovator   The Paul Revere Award
Paul wore only American Made Clothing to send a clear message of his patriotic defiance.
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When Revere sat for artist John Singleton Copley he had not yet carried out the acts that would make him famous, like his illustrious April 18, 1775 Midnight Ride from Boston to Lexington to warn patriots of British troop movements.

He was nevertheless deeply involved in the Sons of Liberty, that underground organization of patriots whose “no taxation without representation” slogan came to epitomize the anti-colonial struggle. Only five years after Copley painted Revere, the Sons of Liberty initiated the legendary Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773, when patriots, including Revere, seized three ships in Boston Harbor in order to dump the cargo of British tea overboard in an act of protest against British taxation.

That fact is not insignificant when considering the portrait of Revere, since Copley’s father-in-law was the merchant who owned the British tea that was tossed overboard during the Tea Party! The issue of British taxation went back to 1767, a year before Copley painted Revere, when the British Parliament imposed heavy new taxes on tea in the colonies. Given that evidence, Copley’s painting takes on new meaning.

Revere had Copley paint him as a master craftsman in the silversmith trade, he was after all one of the most famous silversmiths in colonial America. On the mahogany table at which Revere sat, you can see his silversmith tools set out before him, and he had himself pictured holding a silver teapot. It has generally been accepted that Copley’s painting of Revere is simply a portrait of a successful artisan, but I think there is ample evidence to suggest otherwise.

One must take into account that at the time of the painting’s creation, people living in the thirteen colonies were entering a period of intense political conflict that would ultimately lead to revolutionary war. Viewed in that context, it is incorrect to see the portrait merely as an expression of Revere being proud of his profession, rather, it appears he meant his portrait as a political statement. An outspoken radical, Revere was no doubt infuriated by the 1767 British tax on tea, and so it was probable that by having himself painted holding a teapot, he was expressing his challenge over British rule. Holding the teapot, Revere stares directly at the viewer as if to ask, “Which side are you on?”

It was also unusual for a gentleman to have himself painted wearing anything other than his finest frock coat, yet Revere had himself depicted wearing an open sleeveless waistcoat (the undergarment worn beneath a fine coat) and a linen shirt, which at the time was a form of “undress” appropriate only for hard work or relaxing at home in private.

The British controlled the economy of the colonies through the importation of goods and by imposing taxes. As the anti-colonial movement gained strength, patriots found multiple ways of resisting British hegemony, such as boycotting imported goods. When the colonists began producing linen as an act of resistance, those using imported British linen were isolated as Tories, conservative supporters of British rule. By having himself portrayed wearing a billowing shirt of American-spun linen, Revere was making a statement in favor of independence; the shirt was not so much a symbol of being a craftsman as it was an affirmation of revolutionary politics.


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Petitioned by Paul Revere to protect USA manufacturers.
"Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation ... ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of a national supply. They comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing and defense ... The expediency of encouraging manufactures in the United States, which was not long since deemed very questionable, appears at this time to be pretty generally admitted." ...   Alexander Hamilton



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The question sent to us by our old friend & first American artisan/manufacturer/patriot Paul Revere ... “Which side are you now on?”


         American Made Heroes "Paul Revere Award"

We choose to honor individuals in USA manufacturing & innovation and those supporting USA manufacturing by presenting them with the "The Paul Revere Award" as our recognition of those who have not surrendered in the fight to defend our USA based manufacturing.


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Dr. Robert Martello, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Dr. Martello's book "Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise".    Click here for detailed book review & Dr. Martello's biography.

"Using the career of Paul Revere as a lens, Martello argues that Revere “helped America close the technological gap with Britain and moved the nation closer to the ideas of industrial capitalism” (p. 4). Martello explains, often in great detail, how Revere employed his skills to manage laborers, collect capital, and innovate new technologies in order to propel his country’s economy through a transition from a craft system to a proto-industrial economy."


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First Annual Paul Revere Awards Dinner
"The Castle" built in 1891 as the headquarters for John Hancock's First Corps of Cadets which was formed in 1741 & is USA's oldest volunteer militia unit. Paul Revere saved John Hancock in his midnight ride hense our symbolic choice to celebrate Mr. Revere there. A patriot-manufacturer-innovator!

The Paul Revere Hotel earned the 2013 World Interioir News award for its' new interior design. Click entrance photo at right to review photos & video.

"The Paul Revere Hotel, Boston MA"
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