George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

Dr. Joseph Warren

Physician and Hero of the Revolution


Dr. Joseph Warren exemplified the sacrifice that a young nation endured in its fight for freedom. Dr. Warren famously gathered intelligence and organized the midnight rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes.  His patients included both patriots and loyalists, including John and Abigail Adams and Governor Thomas Hutchison. He was also a friend of Samuel Adams. Dr. Warren delivered two of the most important speeches about the Boston Massacre in 1770. On June 17, 1776, Warren rode to the American fortifications on Breed’s Hill to join the battle. Although he was made General, he refused to take command and fought as a private. He died a hero on the third and final attack on the fortifications.

“On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.”

“May our land be a land of liberty, the seat of virtue, the asylum of the oppressed, a name and a praise in the whole Earth, until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the whole world in one common undistinguished ruin!”

Dr. Warren was a member of the Sons of Liberty.


Dr. Warren was one of the best physicians in Boston.


Dr. Warren wore a toga when he gave a speech commemorating the Boston Massacre.


Dr. Warren authorized the attack on Fort Ticonderoga.


Dr. Warren enrolled in Harvard when he was 14 and became a doctor by the time he was just 22 years old.