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Henry Prentiss

Captain Henry Prentiss was born on March 7th, 1749 and was 24 when he participated in the Tea Party. Other than his role in the destruction of tea, it is known that Henry Prentiss fought in the Revolutionary War and earned the rank of Captain. During the time of the famous tea protest, Prentiss like many other patriots, belonged to one of Boston’s Masonic organizations such as the St. Andrew Lodge or the Grand Ambassadors. Before the revolution he was an established Boston merchant, a large cotton manufacturer, and a successful horticulturist. Henry was known to reside on Hanover Street in Boston’s historic North End, where Paul Revere and other patriots also lived at that time. His home was later destroyed by the same mob that destroyed Lieutenant-Governor Hutchinson’s house in August 1765, led by Ebenezer MacIntosh. Prentiss passed away August 13th, 1821.


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