Knox learned the business of book selling along with the trades of binding and repairing. He grew up in the bookstore reading classics in Greek and Latin, history, literature and later books on military science. He spent his off time drilling with the artillery regiment of the local militia. In 1770 he was witness to the Boston Massacre and later gave testimony in the trial of Capt. Thomas Preston. Preston, represented in the matter by John Adams, was acquitted.
In June of 1774 Henry Knox married Lucy Flucker, daughter of royal secretary and member of the Governor's CouncilThomas Flucker. The marriage was contrary to the wishes of Thomas Flucker given Henry’s limited social standing and the fact that his Boston Grenediar Corps. had assisted in blocking the off-loading of British cargo that would later be dumped into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party. Three days before the wedding the Massachusetts General Assembly chose Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Cushing and Robert Treat Paine as delegate to the first Continental Congress.
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