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Dr Joseph Warren

Dr Joseph Warren

Birth
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 Jun 1775 (aged 34)
Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Section 2, Mount Warren Avenue
Memorial ID 3066 · View Source
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Physician, Revolutionary War General and early American Patriot Leader. He was the son of Joseph Warren and Mary (Stevens) Warren. Joseph Warren Sr. was a respected farmer, who died while climbing a tree gathering apples in October 1755. His son, Joseph Warren Jr, graduated from Harvard in 1759 and then studied medicine with James Lloyd and opened his own practice in 1764. On September 6, 1764 he married Elizabeth Hooton; they would have five children: Joseph III, H.C., Richard, Elizabeth, and Mary. His beloved wife, Elizabeth, died on February 28, 1773, leaving him with five children to raise alone. In the early 1770s, he developed a close relationship with patriots Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, and was one of the original members of the patriotic organization, the Sons of Liberty. After the Boston Massacre in 1771, he was at every town meeting, arguing for the rights of Americans. In 1772 he made a speech for the second anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Warren wrote the Suffolk Resolves, which said that the citizens of Massachusetts would create a militia to protect the citizens, and that if General Thomas Gage (then Royal Military Governor of Massachusetts) was to arrest anyone for political reasons, the citizens militia would retaliate by seizing crown officials as hostages. The First Continental Congress approved the Suffolk Resolves, and directed that the colonies would support Massachusetts. On April 18, 1775, Warren sent Paul Revere and William Dawes to warn patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, as well as call out the citizens' militia, that the British Army was marching from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord to seize arms and rebels. Warren was chosen the Provincial President and on June 14 he was chosen as the second Major General of Massachusetts Militia. At the Battle of Bunker Hill he led the militia and while rallying them during one of the British advances on the hill, he was killed when a musket ball hit him in the back of the head, and died instantly. After the battle when the British took the hill, his body was returned to his family for burial.

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  • Added: 13 Jun 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3066
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Joseph Warren (11 Jun 1741–17 Jun 1775), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3066, citing Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .