George Roberts Twelves Hewes (1742 - d.)

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George Robert Twelves Hewes

Robert Hewes was born in Boston, on September 5th 1742. When the Boston Tea Party occurred he was 31 years old. In his early life Robert was not fortunate to get a good education and his main employment was farming, fishing and shoe-making, which also was his father's trade. In 1758 he attempted to enlist in the army to serve against the French, but did not “pass muster”. He was later unsuccessful in his attempt to join the navy and then resumed shoe-making.

Mr. Hewes’ character was both excitable and patriotic which drove him to participate in various disturbances in Boston from the time of the passage of the Stamp Act. One of the most famous of such disturbances was the Boston Massacre of 1770. On March 5th Hews was among the crowd of Bostonian involved in the confrontation with British Soldiers. He received a shoulder injury from being stricken by a soldier’s rifle.


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