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Joseph Warren

Dr. Joseph Warren (June 11, 1741June 17, 1775) was an American doctor and soldier, remembered for being the first officer to be killed in the American War of Independence.

Warren was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. After attending the Roxbury Latin School, he studied medicine at Harvard University, graduating in 1759.

While practicing medicine and surgery in Boston, he joined the Freemasons and became involved in politics, associating with John Hancock, Samuel Adams and other radical leaders. He became Chairman of the Committee of Correspondence and was appointed a Grand Master of the Freemasons. He married Elizabeth Hooten, but she died in 1772, leaving him with three children. It is said that it was he who sent William Dawes and Paul Revere on their famous "Midnight Rides" to warn Lexington and Concord of the British raids on April 18, 1775. He was appointed a Major General by the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and drafted the Suffolk Resolves, which was endorsed by the Continental Congress, to advocate the forcible resistance to the British.

Warren served at the Battle of Bunker Hill as a volunteer in the front lines. Killed during the battle, he was probably the first officer to die in the Revolutionary War.

Warren County, New Jersey, Warren County, New York, Warren County, North Carolina, and Warren County, Ohio are named after Joseph Warren.de:Joseph Warren

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