More than any other figure who strode across the revolutionary stage, [Joseph] Warren gave his devotion to the American cause simply because he believed in it. Others believed as passionately, of course; but for Samuel Adams political agitation was a profession which had rescued him from a debtors’ prison; James Otis had deep grievances against the royal government because of their mistreatment of his father; John Hancock was a millionaire merchant who made much of his money from smuggling and owed the British Revenue Service over £100,000 in fines; as a lawyer, John Adams was naturally drawn into the political arena. Warren, as a doctor could have remained aloof, as many of his fellow physicians in Boston did. They were the only class in Massachusetts who were not pressured to join the cause.
Lawyer, architect, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia governor, diplomat, third President, founder of the University of Virginia; 1743—1826.
New York lawyer, politician, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1746—1813.
Soldier, lawyer, Virginia governor, diplomat, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, fifth President; 1758—1831.
Lawyer, politician, Boston revolutionary; 1725—83.
Lawyer, Virginia governor, Constitutional Convention delegate, first Attorney General, Secretary of State; 1753—1813.
Lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, senator for Delaware; 1733—98.
Lawyer and politician from Connecticut; signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1721—93.
lawyer, Continental Congressman, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1730—81.
Lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Supreme Court justice; 1742—98.
Lawyer, teacher, scholar, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1726—1806.
Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill (1960; reissued 2010)