Happy Birthday Paul Revere!! Born on New Year's Day, in 1735, American patriot (and messenger) Paul Revere was also a silversmith and accomplished engraver. He was the third of twelve children and as the eldest son he inherited his family's silver shop in Boston an the age of 20. Unlike most silversmiths of the day, he was able to create silver work in entirety, including castings as well as decorative engraving. Paul Revere created political engravings and was also a dentist!