A Boston museum wants to honor a participant of the Boston Tea Party who spent much of his adult life in the Warren area.

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum proposed placing a commemorative marker at the grave site of Benjamin Burton who is buried at Fairview Cemetery, which is located on Patterson Mill Road in Warren.

The Warren Selectboard discussed the issue at its Nov. 17 meeting and approved the placement of a commemorative marker.

Burton was born Dec. 9, 1749, in Thomaston, and participated in the Boston Tea Party, according to the Museum. He was one of the men who led the meeting at the Old South Meeting House before the tea protest began.

The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on Dec. 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Mass., according to history.com. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by the British East India Company into the harbor. The event was the first major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists.

The first battles of the American Revolution occurred in April 1775. The Continental Congress declared independence in July 1776.

Burton enlisted in the Continental Army, and received the rank of lieutenant in September 1776. He earned the rank of captain in Colonel Thurburn’s regiment in Rhode Island in 1777.

Burton was one of the patriots held prisoner along with General Peleg Wadsworth for three months in 1778, and when he escaped, he was given the rank of lieutenant colonel in a Boston militia, according to the Museum.

Burton married Hannah Church and together they had seven children, who they raised in Cushing and Warren. Burton died May 24, 1835, at the age of 85.

No date has been set for when the ceremony will be held to place the marker.