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Important People of the American Revolution
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Commander of the Continental Army
King George III
King of England during the American Revolution
Marquis de Lafayette
French soldier who joined General Washington's staff and became a general in the Continental Army.
was a slave who served as a spy for the Americans during the Revolution by posing as a runaway slave.
John Paul Jones
American naval commander in the American Revolution (1747-1792) said " I have not yet begun to fight."
at the time of the Revolution, he was an African American "midnight rider" who rode through Massachusetts warning colonists the British were coming.
Killed in Boston Massacre, black laborer, only African-American person killed in Boston Massacre
Leader of the Sons of Liberty
Lawyer who defended British soldiers in the Boston Massacre trial. He believed in "innocent until proven guilty." In spite of these actions, he supported colonial independence.
Wife of John Adams. During the Revolutionary War, she wrote letters to her husband describing life on the Homefront. She urged her husband to remember America's women in the new government he was helping to create.
Mercy Otis Warren
Female Patriot who wrote poems to convince others to join the Patriot cause.
Author of Common Sense
"Give me liberty or give me death"
American intellectual, inventor, and politician He helped to negotiate French support for the American Revolution.
Wrote the Declaration of Independence
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