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 was a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army but defected to the British Army. While a general on the American side, he obtained command of the fortifications at West Point, New York, overlooking the cliffs at the Hudson River, and planned to surrender it to the British forces. After the plan was exposed in September 1780, he was commissioned into the British Army as a brigadier general. Born in Connecticut, Arnold was a merchant operating ships on the Atlantic Ocean when the war broke out in 1775. After joining the growing army outside Boston, he distinguished himself through acts of intelligence and bravery. His ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 60 (1741-1801)see more on Benedict Arnold
John Hancock was a merchant, smuggler, 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, in the United States, a synonym for a 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, himself a prominent smuggler. Hancock began his political career in Boston as a protégé of Samuel ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 56 (1737-1793)
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Paul Revere was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting the Colonial militia 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". Revere was a prosperous and prominent Boston silversmith, who 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 culminated after the Penobscot Expedition, one of the most disastrous campaigns of the American Revolutionary War, for which he was absolved of blame. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 83 (1735-1818)
Birthplace: North End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Patrick Henry was an American attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. 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 led the opposition to the Stamp Act 1765 and is remembered for his "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he is regarded as one of the most influential champions of Republicanism and an invested promoter of the American Revolution and its fight for independence. After the Revolution, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia. He opposed the ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 63 (1736-1799)
Birthplace: Hanover County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
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