Dr. Joseph Warren (1741 – 1775) played a leading role in Patriot organizations in Boston at the beginning of the American Revolution, eventually serving as President of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. He enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes to spread the alarm that the British were moving to Concord and arrest rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Warren was at the Battles of Lexington and Concord the following day.
Warren was commissioned a major general in the colony’s militia before the Battle of Bunker Hill. Instead, he participated in the battle as a private soldier, and was killed when British troops stormed Breed’s Hill.
Warren’s death was immortalized in John Trumbull’s painting, “The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 17, 1775,” and he was memorialized in the name of many towns, counties, streets, and other locations in the United States, including Warren County, NY (although Warrensburg is named for James Warren, an early settler).
Portrait of Dr. Joseph Warren.