Joseph Warren Biography
(Physician, Military Leader)
Birthday: June 11, 1741 (Gemini)
Born In: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Joseph Warren was an American physician and leader in the American Revolution, who played a significant role in Patriot organizations in Boston. A Harvard graduate, he made a name as a medical practitioner during the smallpox epidemic before becoming involved in politics through his highprofile clients. He became President of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress, as well as a leader in the Masonic lodges. He became well-known for sending Paul Revere and William Dawes on their famous 'Midnight Rides' to Lexington and Concord to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock about the mobilization of the British troops. Despite being commissioned as a major, he volunteered to fight as a private at Breed's Hill, prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill, and was killed in combat while covering for retreating colonist militia. His death became the ultimate symbol of sacrifice, inspiring a number of revolutionary soldiers.