This eighteenth-century soldier, who inspired the famous Minute Man statue that adorns the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, is remembered for commanding a unit of Minutemen during the American Revolution. He died in battle at the age of thirty.
In late 1774, he was appointed captain of his town's Minutemen company.
He had a premonition of his own death: before leaving for battle on an April morning in 1775, he bid farewell to his wife and told her to raise their children well.
He was born in Acton, Massachusetts, to Ezekial and Hannah Davis. His marriage to Hannah Brown resulted in two sons and two daughters.
He and Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock were both famous Massachusetts natives of the Revolutionary War era.