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What was Paul Revere's childhood like?

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Paul Revere attended school until the age of 13, when he left to become a silversmith apprentice to eventually take over the family business. It is likely that he was sent to school only to learn essential reading, writing and math skills for becoming a silversmith.

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What was Paul Revere's childhood like?
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Paul Revere was born into a Huguenot working class family that had fled religious persecution in France. The family's original last name was Rivoire, but it was changed to Revere to sound more English. Paul Revere was the second in line of 12 children. As the oldest surviving male child, he was heir to the family silversmith business. As such, he was sent to the North Writing School until he was 13. The North Writing school was the top public school in Boston during Paul Revere's time. The opportunity to attend a school of such high reputation was rare for working class people at that time. When Paul was 13, he left school to begin learning the silversmith trade, and contemporary accounts describe him as very talented at it. In his later teen years, he took a job as a bell ringer at Christ Church, the same church in which the infamous lanterns were placed that launched Revere's famous ride. He worked these until the age of 19, which is when his father died and he took over the family business.

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