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This Day in Boston History
February 25th, 1799
b.1745, d. 1799
He rode with Paul
Revere, taking a different route to carry the same message. Along with
up to three dozen riders they attempted to alert the citizens of Concord
and John Hancock to the approach of English troops from Boston.
Both Revere and Dawes were captured, however Dr. Samuel Prescott who
joined their mission a little late was able to get the message to Concord.
A poem in the form of Longfellow's
tribute to Revere was published by Helen F. Moore
in 1896, recalling that
if Dawes' name were lyrical, he could just as well have had the
fame history has given to Paul Revere.