Joseph Warren

Warren, Joseph (1741–1775), an American patriot of the Revolutionary War. He was a leader in agitation against Great Britain from the time of the Stamp Act (1765). He was born at Roxbury, Massachusetts, attended Harvard, and became a physician in Boston.

Warren drafted the Suffolk "resolves" endorsed by the Continental Congress, 1774. He sent Paul Revere and William Dawes riding to warn patriots on April 18, 1775, and took part in the ensuing Battle of Lexington. Warren became president of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, organized the Massachusetts militia, and in June was commissioned a major general. He refused to command the patriot forces fighting in the Battle of Bunker Hill, but joined them as a volunteer. He was killed in the battle.