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Heath, William 1737-1814

Military officer; born in Roxbury, Mass., March 2, 1737; was bred a farmer; joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, and was made its commander in 1770. He was also colonel of a Suffolk regiment; was a representative in the General Assembly; member of the committees of correspondence and safety; delegate to the Provincial Congress (1774-75), and was made a brigadiergeneral early in 1776 in the Continental army. He rose to major-general in August following. He was very serviceable in organizing the undisciplined troops at Cambridge before the battle of Bunker Hill, and went to New York with Washington in the spring of 1776. After the battle of White Plains he took post in the Hudson Highlands, and was stationed there in 1779. He had supervision of Burgoyne's captured troops, in 1777, at Cambridge. He went to Rhode Island on the arrival of the French forces in 1780. General Heath was State Senator in 1791-92; probate judge of Norfolk county in 1793, and declined the office of lieutenant-governor in 1806, to which he had been chosen. He died in Roxbury, Jan. 24, 1814.

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