Born in Boston, MA on May 17, 1812. Joseph Warren was the grandson of Paul Revere. After enlisting in the Navy in 1828, his travels took him all over the world. In 1846 he led a landing party in California during the Mexican War and raised the American flag at Sonoma. Returning to California in 1848, he operated a ranch at Sonoma for a few years. Six of his sketches were illustrated in his bookTour of Duty in California which he published in 1849. He later served in the Civil War as a general in the Union Army. Following the war, he eventually settled in Hoboken, NJ where he died on April 20, 1880.
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(Van Nostrand & Coulter); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
(Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); First 100 Years of Painting in California
(J. Van Nostrand); Artists of the American West
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