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Founding Fathers and How They Served Our Country—Joseph Warren

By David Streater, PhD

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This is an American history educational moment of our Founding Fathers and how they served our Country.

Born on June 11, 1741, Joseph Warren graduated from Harvard in 1759. As a distinguished physician, he cared for the poor and the wealthy. Some of his patients were John Adams, Paul Revere, William Dawes, and John Hancock.

Warren was a Freemason who supported independence and organized actions leading to the Revolution. He helped write the Suffolk Resolves, was the president of the Third Provincial Congress in Massachusetts, and active with the Committee of Public Safety.

Joseph maintained his leadership in the Masonic Lodge, becoming the Grand Master of Continent America.  Warren continued attending to the sick while establishing a hospital at Boston Harbor to combat smallpox.

On June 14, 1775, Warren was commissioned as a major general. However, Warren fought as a rank-and-file soldier in the Battle of Breed’s Hill, commonly known as Bunker Hill, which he promised to do shortly before his commission to demonstrate his loyalty and patriotism.  Unfortunately, in this battle, Joseph was shot and killed.

When exhumed from the battlefield for a proper burial, his body was identified by Paul Revere.  Revere had made false teeth for Warren, using silver—the first example of “forensic dentistry in America.”

Some historians have speculated that had Joseph Warren lived, George Washington would not have been as well known.  Can you imagine going to Warren, DC?!

Please visit your Charters of Freedom setting in most western North Carolina counties.  A Charters of Freedom setting consists of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  They are on permanent display analogous to the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives, Washington, DC.  Please visit our website ( to learn more about our existing settings.

Teachers are encouraged to contact Dr. Streater for information and complementary student education materials to enhance experiential field trips to a Charter of Freedom settings.  Everyone is welcome and urged to obtain a personalized engraved legacy paver for placement at their Charters of Freedom setting.  Please contact Dr. Streater ( for an engraved legacy paver information and free educational materials.


Dr. David Streater is the director of education for Foundation Forward.  He is a retired college instructor and administrator, and a retired probation and parole officer/administrator.  David is a criminologist who has an acute history interest, served in the Navy, and is a resident of Burke County, NC.

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