Benjamin Edes

Benjamin Edes was born on October 14th, 1732 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. In addition to participating in the Boston Tea Party, Edes was a journalist and a political agitator. He, along with John Gill, were the publishers of the Boston Gazette, a newspaper which helped spark and finance the Boston Tea Party, as well as being very influential throughout the Revolutionary War. Edes favored American Independence in his writings; he fought British policy through written attacks on the Stamp Act, the tea tax, the Townshend Acts, and other oppressive measures. During the Siege of Boston he escaped to Watertown, Massachusetts where he continued to publish the Gazette until 1798 [43 years after he started it]. He died on December 11th, 1803 in Boston and is buried at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground.