His name was Wentworth Cheswell

He was a member of the “Committee of Safety” organized by Samuel Adams. On the night of the famous ride with fellow patriot Paul Revere, Cheswell took the northern route to New Hampshire to warn the American patriots. Because of his ride, thousands of Minutemen and volunteers arrived in Boston to assist with keeping the British army and navy bottlenecked and trapped.

He also accomplished the following:

  • Became New Hampshire’s first archaeologist
  • First African-American elected to public office in the United States
  • He was an American Revolutionary War veteran
  • He received an extensive education, studying Latin and Greek
  • He was also a school teacher
  • He was elected town selectman
  • He held the office of Auditor
  • He held the office of Assessor
  • He was also the town Coroner for a time
  • And he was the Justice of the peace for a time

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  1. Wow. Did not know that. Thank you!

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  2. His-story that is taught in school does not give the truth justice.

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  3. I had not even heard of Paul Revere. So, I looked him up. Interesting.

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  4. Awesome post Lander. I had no idea. Thanks for informing us.

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  5. Wow. I’m not the most literate on American history (being an Aussie), so I hadn’t heard this. It’s interesting.

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