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This Day in History December 16,1773 The Boston Tea Party
various | December 16,2009 | various

Posted on 12/15/2009 6:52:56 PM PST by mdittmar

In this photo: ORIGINAL TEA LEAVES, steeped in Boston Harbor after being dumped overboard during the Boston Tea Party of December 16th, and collected on the shores of Dorchester Neck on the morning of December 17, 1773.On loan from the collection of:Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA

The Complete List of Participants

The men who dumped tea into Boston Harbor were from many different backgrounds. About one-third of them were skilled artisans such as carpenters, masons and shoemakers. A much smaller number were merchants, doctors, clerks, and the like.

The occupations of all the participants are not known, but the majority were probably apprentices and common laborers, Alongside participants of English descent were men of Irish, Scottish, French, African and Portuguese origins. The Tea Party was also the work of young people.

Two-thirds of those whose ages were known were under 20, including 16 teenagers. Only nine are known to have been 40 years old or older. Most of the men were from Boston and vicinity, but some came from as far away as Worcester and Maine. Listed below are named of patriots recorded to have been involved in the Tea Party protest. Not all of the participants are known, as some carried the secret of their participation to the end of their days.

Biographies of the participants provide interesting insights into the world of people who planned and carried out the destruction of tea. With the ultimate question, who exactly planned the protest still unanswered these stories may have the clues.

From the modern day perspective the Tea Party may seem like a powerful but a largely symbolic protest. But in heated atmosphere of anti-British struggle in Boston, participation in the event that would be regarded as treason was very dangerous. To that testifies the fact that almost all patriots fled Boston shortly there after. Some of them never returned back.

In the below list, not every participant has an extended biography, but those who do provide a truly interesting read for anyone who wants to understand the mystery of the Boston Tea Party.

Francis Akeley (Eckley)
Nathaniel Barber

Samuel Barnard
Henry Bass
Joseph Bassett
Edward Bates
Adam Beals Jr
Thomas Bolter

David Bradlee
Josiah Bradlee
Nathaniel Bradlee
Thomas Bradlee
James Brewer
John Brown

Seth Ingersoll Browne
Stephen Bruce
Benjamin Burton
Nicholas Campbell
George Carleton
Thomas Chase

Nathaniel Child
Benjamin Clark
Jonathan Clark
John Cochran
Gilbert Colesworthy
Gersham Collier

Adam Collson
James Foster Condy
Daniel Coolidge
Joseph Coolidge
Samuel Coolidge
Samuel Cooper

William Cox
Thomas Crafts
John Crane
… Crockett
Obadiah Curtis
Thomas Dana, Jr.

Robert Davis
John DeCarteret
David Decker
John Dickman
Edward Dolbeare
Samuel Dolbeare

John Dyar, Jr.
Joseph Eaton
Joseph Eayres
Eckley (see Francis Akeley)
Benjamin Edes
William Etheridge

Samuel Fenno
Samuel Foster
Thomas Fracker
Nathaniel Frothingham, Jr.
John Fulton
John Gammell

Eleazer Gay
Thomas Gerrish
Samuel Gore
Moses Grant

Nathaniel Greene

Timothy Guy
Samuel Hammond
Peter Harrington
William Haskins
William Hendley
George Robert Twelves Hewes

John Hicks
Samuel Hobbs
John Hooton
Elisha Horton
Elijah Houghton
Samuel Howard (born Hayward)

Edward Compton Howe
Jonathan Hunnewell
Richard Hunnewell
Richard Hunnewell, Jr.
Thomas Hunstable
Abraham Hunt

Daniel Ingersoll
Daniel Ingoldson
Charles Jameson
Robert Jameson
Jared Joy
David Kinnison

Robert Lash
Amariah Learned
Joseph Lee
Nathaniel Lee
Amos Lincoln
John Locke

Matthew Loring
Joseph Lovering
Joseph Ludden
David Lyon
Thomas Machin
Ebenezer MacIntosh

Peter McIntosh
Archibald MacNeil
John Marston
Martin, probably Wm. P.
Thompson Maxwell
John May

Mead, probably John
Henry Mellius
Thomas Melville
Aaron John Miller
James Mills
William Molineaux

Francis Moore
Thomas Moore
Anthony Morse
Joseph Mountfort
Eliphalet Newell
Joseph Nicholls

Samuel Nowell
Joseph Pearse Palmer
Jonathan Parker
Joseph Payson
Samuel Peck

John Peters

William Pierce
Isaac Pitman
Lendall Pitts
Samuel Pitts
Thomas Porter
Henry Prentiss

Nathaniel Prentiss
Rev. John Prince
Edward Procter
Henry Purkitt
Seth Putnam
John Randall

Joseph Reed
Paul Revere
Benjamin Rice
Jonathan Dorby Robins
Joseph Roby
John Russell

William Russell
John Sawtelle
George Sayward
Edmund Sears
Robert Sessions
Joseph Shed

Benjamin Simpson
Peter Slater, Jr.
Samuel Sloper
Ephriam Smith
Josiah Snelling
Thomas Spear

Samuel Sprague
John Spurr
James Starr
Phineas Stearns
Ebeneezer Stevens
James Stoddard

Elisha Story
James Swan
Abraham Tower
Bartholomew Trow
John Truman
Benjamin Tucker Jr

Thomas Urann
James Watson
Henry Wells
Thomas Wells
Josiah Wheeler
John Whitehead

David Williams
Isaac Williams
Jeremiah Williams
Thomas Williams
Nathaniel Willis
Joshua Wyeth

Thomas Young

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events

1 posted on 12/15/2009 6:52:58 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Those in the area can attend a reenactment
sponsored in part by Salada Tea.

2 posted on 12/15/2009 6:59:36 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: mdittmar

The links on the names of the participants don’t work.
Do you perhaps remember the source for this data?

3 posted on 12/15/2009 7:07:30 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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4 posted on 12/15/2009 7:11:21 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: mdittmar

Thanks for a nice list. I am very proud of being a descendent of the Crafts family. Thomas Crafts had a brother, Edward, who was a grandfather of mine. They were both strongly involved in the Revolution. The history is fascinating.

Edward was one of Knox’s captains, fought in Bunker Hill, and his wife (this is cool) ran guns and ammo for the revolution, just like Abigail Adams in the John Adams series. After watching that series, I became convinced they probably ran in the same circles, as the description of Abigail matched what I had read about Eliot, Edward’s wife.

The Crafts fought hard for freedom, and their sons were in the War of 1812. It’s a proud heritage.

5 posted on 12/15/2009 8:05:26 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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6 posted on 12/15/2009 8:19:06 PM PST by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: mdittmar

Hence, my tagline.

7 posted on 12/15/2009 8:24:27 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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Our present Tea Party movement in 2009 and into 2010 will be the spark of a similar revolution to get our great nation back on the track of liberty, freedom and government that is representative, not repressive.

8 posted on 12/15/2009 8:58:15 PM PST by RicocheT
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