Richard Gridley's side chair
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This Queen Anne-style chair belonged to Richard Gridley (1710-96), a veteran of the French and Indian Wars and the engineer who fortified Dorchester Heights for George Washington during the Siege of Boston. It later belonged to Paul Revere. According to family tradition, this was Gridley’s church chair, used in his family pew. It has his name carved into the front seat rail. After his death, it was acquired by his friend, Paul Revere, whose descendant embroidered the lion and unicorn design for upholstered seat.