List of Famous Sons of Liberty Members ranked by fame and popularity. The Sons of Liberty was a group of American patriots who famously rebelled against the British government. They are best known for protesting the Tea Act by staging the Boston Tea Party rally in 1773. Though most closely associated with the American Revolutionary War, the Sons of Liberty name has been claimed by several groups in recent history.
Who are some of the most famous members of the Sons of Liberty? Several of America's founding fathers top our list. John Hancock opposed the unfair acts of the British for quite some time. In 1765 his boat was thought to be smuggling goods so the British took it and eventually burned it causing a riot. Samuel Adams took a leadership role in the Sons of Liberty, helping congress to draft the Declaration of Independence.
Paul Revere is another famous American patriot and member of the Sons of Liberty. He helped to organize an intelligence and notification system to keep up to date on the plans of the British military. He famously went on his midnight ride in 1775 to notify fellow patriots that the King's troupes were coming to disarm the rebels.What do you think of the Sons of Liberty and the effect that they had on American history? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Benedict Arnold (January 14, 1741 [O.S. January 3, 1740] – June 14, 1801) was an American military officer who served as a general during the American Revolutionary War, fighting for the American Continental Army before defecting to the British in 1780. George Washington had given him his fullest trust and placed him in command of the fortifications at West Point, New York. Arnold planned to surrender the fort to British forces, but the plot was discovered in September 1780 and he fled to the British. His name quickly became a byword in the United States for treason and betrayal because he led the British army in battle against the very men whom he had once commanded.Arnold was born in the... more
- John Hancock (January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – October 8, 1793) was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term "John Hancock" has become a synonym in the United States for one's signature.Before the American Revolution, Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in the Thirteen Colonies, having inherited a profitable mercantile business from his uncle. He began his political career in... more
- Paul Revere (; December 21, 1734 O.S. (January 1, 1735 N.S.) – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and Patriot in the American Revolution. He is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" (1861). At age 41, Revere was a prosperous, established and prominent Boston silversmith. He had helped organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the British military. Revere later served as a Massachusetts militia officer, though his service ended after the Penobscot... more
- Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an American attorney, planter, and orator best known for his declaration to the Second Virginia Convention (1775): "Give me liberty, or give me death!" A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786. Henry was born in Hanover County, Virginia, and was for the most part educated at home. After an unsuccessful venture running a store, and assisting his father-in-law at Hanover Tavern, Henry became a lawyer through self-study. Beginning his practice in 1760, he soon became prominent through his victory in the Parson's Cause against the Anglican clergy. Henry was... more