"We want him in the Senate; we want him in his profession; we want him in the field. We mourn for the citizen, the senator, the physician, and the warrior.”
Abigail Adams, July 5, 1775.
The Life of Dr. Joseph Warren
The Boston Rebellion, led by Joseph Warren, began with the Boston Massacre in 1770 and ended at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. At the time, Boston was the revolutionary hotbed of Colonial America: British armed forces had seized the city and Joseph Warren found himself at the epicenter of the political and armed resistance.
For more than one hundred years after the War of Independence, the name of Joseph Warren was known by nearly every citizen in the country. His name remains one of the most recognized by historians. In modern times he is honored by the 131 public places named after him and the 5 battleships that have carried his name (1). In the past 5 years, 3 new biographies about Warren have been published. What comes to light, once again, is why Warren was so admired and how his death had forged 13 British colonies into the great cause of American Liberty.
It was Warren’s citizenship among the diverse people of the country that made him so well respected as a Leader. Dr. Joseph Warren was one of Boston’s most esteemed physicians. He served as the central leader of the Sons of Liberty, President of the Provincial Congress, Chairmen of Safety Committee that protected the citizens of Boston from military oppression, Grand Master of all Freemasons on the American Continent, a common soldier among the Minutemen in Lexington and Concord, and a Major General in the new Continental Army. Warren gave medical care to all classes and all races, Patriots and Loyalists, the wealthy and the impoverished. He served all causes that defended life and pursuits of liberty. Joseph Warren proved to England and to the inhabitants of America, that “Give me Liberty or give me Death” was more than just words – it would become the birth of a nation.
(1). FORMAN, SMAUEL, DR., Dr. Joseph Warren, The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill and the Birth of American Liberty.” Gretna, Pelican Publishing Company, 2012. Print.
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