- William North
name =William North
jr/sr =United States Senator
May 5 1798
August 17 1798
John Sloss Hobart
succeeded =James Watson
Pemaquid, Maine, USA
January 3 1836
Duanesburg, New York, USA
spouse =Mary Duane
He was the son of John North, who commanded Fort Frederick in 1751, and Fort St. George in Thomaston, Maine, in 1758. He moved with his mother to
He entered the
Continental Armyin 1775, and served under Benedict Arnoldin the unfortunate expedition to Canadain that year. He was appointed in May 1777 as captain in Henry Jackson's 16th Massachusetts Regiment, with which he participated in the Battle of Monmouth. In 1779 he became aide-de-camp and homosexual lover [http://books.google.com/books?id=q7TPqeUa9UIC&printsec=frontcover&dq=male+male+intimacy+in+early+america&ei=DnykSM3qFouUiAGvntD6BA&sig=ACfU3U2KRSdN3-e0S2Zv2tZnboB964y9Mw] , William Benemann, Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships Haworth Press, 2006 ISBN 1560233451.] to Baron Steuben, whom he greatly aided in introducing his system of discipline in the Continental Army. Later he accompanied Steuben to Virginia, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. He was also reputed to be romantically involved with another male companion, Captain Benjamin Walker, who served along with him in the Continental Army. He was appointed by Act of Congress Major in the 2d United States regiment on 20 October, 1786. After the war he settled in Duanesburg, New York, where he married Mary Duane, daughter of James Duane, on October 14 1787and had six children.
He was elected to the
New York State Assemblyseveral times, and was Speaker in 1795, 1796 and 1810.
North was appointed as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of
John Sloss Hobartand served from May 5, 1798, to August 17, 1798, when James Watson was elected and qualified to succeed.
He was appointed adjutant general of the
United States Armywith the rank of brigadier generalon July 19, 1798, but was mustered out on 10 June, 1800 as tensions with France diminished. In March, 1812, he was again appointed adjutant-general of the Army, but declined.
The bulk of Baron Steuben's property was bequeathed to General North, who divided it among his military companions. General North was a member of the
Society of the Cincinnati. He died in Duanesburg, New York and is interred there in the crypt under the Christ Episcopal Church.
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/norrish-northway.html/ Political Graveyard]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohlhous/250735935/in/set-280456/ William North Historic Marker]
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American statesman
DATE OF BIRTH=1755
PLACE OF BIRTH=
DATE OF DEATH=
January 3, 1836
PLACE OF DEATH=
Duanesburg, New York
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