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Joseph Coolidge was born in Watertown, Massachusetts June 18th, 1730 and was 46 when he participated in the Boston Tea Party. He also enlisted in the Revolutionary Army; reportedly, “Joseph Coolidge was working in the field one day when he heard a fight had broken out with some Redcoats in Lexington. He dropped his plough, shouldered his musket and never came back.” Coolidge fought at the Battles of Lexington and Concord on the first day of the American Revolution. He was killed in battle during the British retreat from Concord; he was one of fifty Americans either killed or mortally wounded that day. He died April 19th, 1775 and was buried at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts.


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