Friday, May 28, 2010

GRAVE OF GENERAL JONATHAN WILLIAMS - Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

Here lies General Jonathan Williams, the first Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Williams was born in Boston in 1751 and was the Grandnephew of Benjamin Franklin. From 1770 - 1785, Williams was in England and France assisting Franklin with his affairs. He was appointed to various posts by Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and also commanded the Army Corps of Engineers. From 1807 - 1812, General Williams designed and built Castle Williams (the East Battery and named for him) and Castle Clinton (the West Battery) in New York Harbor. He resigned from the Army in 1812 because Secretary of War Henry Eustis refused to give him command of his namesake, Castle Williams. General Williams was elected to Congress in 1814, but died before the Congress assembled.

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