George Hewes Biographical Moments George Robert Twelves Book Review

George Hewes Biographical Moments

George Robert Twelves Hewes was an interesting figure in the American Revolutionary period was born in Boston, on September 5th 1742. The environment in which he lived saw many transformations throughout his life and Hewes also experienced more inward transformations as well. Hewes life can be defined by some of the more significant events that we personally witnessed and/or participated in. These events also happened to be defining moments in American History. One such incident that worked to transform Hewes as a person was undoubtedly the Boston Massacre in 1770. During this period the city was occupied with a large concentration of British troops that were stationed in Boston to enforce and collect tax obligations from the colonies.

Hewes worked as a shoemaker and one day he had made shoes for a soldier who claimed they were for the captain and then refused to pay for them. The tensions between 4,000 British soldiers who occupied Boston, a town of only about 16,000 citizens, erupted in a series of horrific scenes. In one such event, a local barber's apprentice attempted to collect an overdue bill from a British officer which led to a confrontation on the street. A crowd emerged around the confrontation and George was right in the middle of it. There was an outbreak of violence and five civilians were killed; George personally knew four of them. The event was later referred to in the papers as the Boston Massacre.

This event, among others, led George to become more politically involved. After the Boston Massacre he now thought of himself as a member of the opposition. He was among the ninety-nine who gave depositions to the prosecution against the soldiers for committed the grievance acts that Hewes witnessed that day. George was even invited to attend the trial in which he testified against the captain who was responsible for the soldiers that day. These events helped shape Hewes and move him from a simple shoemaker to something else.

The next major event that Hewes participated was even more radical and recorded as...


The Boston Tea Party which took place on December 16, 1773 and as a volunteer Hewes became a leader in a scheme that was carefully planned by the Whig party of Boston. At the time England had imposed a series of taxes which included a tax on imported tea. The group targeted three ships harbored at Griffins Warf and in the darkness of night they approached the vessels dressed as American Indians.
The group moved silently through the streets and their plan was to dump the tea in the harbor in protest of the taxes. He personally told the story according to James Hawkes who recorded his biography. "I fell in with many who were dressed, equipped and painted as I was, and who fell in with me and marched to the place of our destination. (Young 2000)." At the time George would have been about thirty one years old now and married with children. He would have also had his own shoe business but given his trade this would have still placed him near the bottom of the financial and social ladder in the social hierarchy of the day.

Yet the people who orchestrated this were a mixture of tradesman and citizens from a multitude of different backgrounds. Hewes even stated that he thought he may have recognized John Hancock himself as they later tossed the tea together. Whatever the case, George had something of an epiphany during the proceedings. He mentioned that he fell in with them as they marched and that they also fell in with him. It is reasonable to believe that Hewes found a sense of belonging and purpose as he associated with like minds during the Boston Tea Party.

One significant incident stands out in the events that unfolded during The Tea Party. Hewes recognized an individual known as Captain O'Conner who George witness stealing tea and hiding it under his coat instead of dumping it in the harbor. At the sight of this the two argued and Hewes tore off his coat. This provides an illustration of exactly how Hewes was committed to the movement. The events that unfolded at The Tea Party that set the tone for George and many with similar ambition…

Sources Used in Documents:


Young, A. The Shoemaker and the Tea Party. Beacon Press, 2000.

Cite this Document:

"George Hewes Biographical Moments George Robert Twelves" (2013, April 20) Retrieved June 24, 2024, from

"George Hewes Biographical Moments George Robert Twelves" 20 April 2013. Web.24 June. 2024. <>

"George Hewes Biographical Moments George Robert Twelves", 20 April 2013, Accessed.24 June. 2024,

Related Documents
Boston Tea Party We Often

Tea was more than something to drink -- it was a valuable, so valuable, says McGill that some "deemed it a 'second currency'" (McGill). It was also valuable socially. Norton maintains that tea was an important aspect of social life, with the elite socializing and holding tea parties. The colonists wanted not just to prove a point but a valuable one when they dumped the tea overboard. When Samuel

Boston Tea Party When John

As they joined the Sons of Liberty in meetings and marches, these patriotic women often engaged in physical confrontation with Loyalists. When writing to her husband (after the Revolutionary War began), Abigail Adams tells about the siege of the stingy storeowner Thomas Boylston who was charging exorbitant prices: Number of Females some say a hundred, some say more assembled with a cart and trucks, marchd down to the Ware House

Tea Party The American tea party The Tea Party is a populist movement that promotes several conservative values which include the following; Limitations on the authority of the U.S. federal government Reduction of government spending and the national debt Reduction of personal and corporate taxes This is a party that has been known over the historical moments to pull frustrated and concerned Americans together to protest against excessive government spending coupled with increased debt burden. This

Boston: Paving the Way for

This bias permeates throughout social circles and businesses seeking qualified job applicants. Yet, Boston's strong economy accommodates growth for anyone who is motivated to succeed. Culturally, Boston is no New York. but, for a city of 600,000, great cultural activities are available without the burden of dealing with an overwhelmingly large city. The city's numerous theaters include the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston Opera House, the Wang Center for the Performing Arts,

The name of Horace Mann is still known today, the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education, as he tried to make a practical education available to all, including recent immigrants, which he argued would be an important part of their socialization into the national culture (Browne, 2003, p.3). Boston suffered a great deal during the Great Depression. "With the outbreak of War II, factories were retooled for the

The monopoly of he Act was responsible for the infuriating of violence, which was due to the offensive approach of the 'angered influential merchants' (Ray, 1976), the interests and gains of the merchants were at stake, and they expected that the monopoly of the East India company will adversely affect their business activities. The Tea Act offered a partial economic relief to the locals, but the local population was