Paul Revere was born in 1734. Paul Revere whose real name was Apollos Rivoire. His father changed his name to Paul Revere so it would be easier to pronounce. Paul Revere played a part in Colonial American history. He was a silversmith in Boston, and he was also a member of a group known as the Sons of Liberty. On April 18, 1775, he, along with two others, rode through the night to warn the Minutemen and colonists in Lexington and Concord that the British were marching towards them.