Trained as a doctor, Joseph Warren rose to prominence as a vocal and active patriot leader prior to the American Revolution. In fact, he was the one who sent William Dawes and Paul Revere off on their famous ride to warn of the movements of the British. Chosen as a major general just a few days before, at the Battle of Bunker Hill Warren declined command of the militia in favor of more experienced officers. He instead fought with and rallied the volunteer troops and while doing so was killed by a shot to the head. He was the first prominent American to die in the war. He was 34 years old.