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Henry Purkitt was born in Boston, Massachusetts March 18th, 1755 and was apprentice to Samuel Peck, a cooper and a passionate Son of Liberty. Aside from his part in the tea protest, he enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary Army, fought Trenton and Brandywine, and was a distinguished soldier in Pulaski’s Calvary. After the war, he joined a company of cavalry and rose to the rank of a Colonel. For many years he was a member of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association and a member of the St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter of Freemasons. He later died March 3rd, 1846.