Nathaniel Bradlee was an American patriot and participant in the Boston Tea Party. He was born on February 16, 1746 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Bradlee was 27 when he became a part of the Revolutionary War and a protestor of King George’s Townsend Act. A skilled group of merchants and craftsmen, called the “Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association”, was a group of men dedicated to furthering mechanic skills and promoting benevolence. Nathaniel was a part of this group, as well as its most famous member, Paul Revere. Nathaniel lived at the corner of Tremont and Hollis; it was in this home he held meetings for the American Patriots of Boston. Nathaniel also had a sister, Sarah Bradlee Fulton, who is called the “Mother of the Boston Tea Party.” It was Sarah who dressed the Bostonian Indians in their garb and war paint. It was also Sarah who kept a large pot of boiling water to remove the men of their face paint when it was over. Nathaniel also supported the “Daughters of Liberty”; they were a group of influential women who sought to decrease the need for British goods and prove that female presence and responsibility was needed in the American communities. He sponsored meetings for this patriotic group in his home as well as supporting the decision in the Continental Congress to boycott all British imports. Bradlee died of old age on May 8, 1813, at the age of 68.
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