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Who rode to lexington with the "british are coming" warning?

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Paul Revere and William Dawes

Everyone remembers Paul Revere; only a very few know of William Dawes. According to Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point, the reason is that Revere was a "connector" - he already knew tons of people in the surrounding towns, and had been active in many clubs, associations, ventures, etc. So in each town or hamlet he came to, he knew exactly who to contact to raise the most fighters.

Dawes went off to a different set of towns to gather a response, but since he was more of an average person he didn't know nearly as many people, so he was much less effective as Revere at finding militiamen to respond to the British.