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Winder, William Henry 1775-1824

Military officer; born in Somerset county, Md., Feb.. 18, 1775; graduated at the University of Pennsylvania; studied law, and began practice in Baltimore in 1798. In March,

William Henry Winder.

he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 14th United States Infantry, and colonel in July following. He served on the Niagara frontier, under General Smyth, and in March, 1813, was commissioned brigadier-general. Made prisoner at Stony Creek, Canada, he was exchanged, and became inspector-general, May 9, 1814. Assigned to the command of the 10th District (July 2, 1814), he was in command of the troops in the battle of Bladensburg, and engaged in the unsuccessful defence of Washington, D. C. General Winder resumed the practice of his profession after the war, in which he was distinguished, and served with credit in the Senate of Maryland. He died in Baltimore, Md., May 24, 1824.

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