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McHenry (James) Papers
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Description
A collection of the professional, personal, and political papers and correspondence of American statesman James McHenry.
Background
James McHenry (1753-1816) was an American statesman, soldier, and physician. Native of Ireland, McHenry settled in Philadelphia in 1771 and studied medicine under Benjamin Rush. From 1775 to 1778, he served as a surgeon in the Continental Army in the American Revolution. Captured by the British at Fort Washington on Harlem Heights, New York, he was exchanged in the spring of 1778. From 1778 to 1780, he served as secretary to George Washington, and in 1780 to 1781, as an aid to Marquis de Lafayette. From 1796 to 1800, he served as the Secretary of War but as a Federalist, McHenry found himself in conflict with John Adams who demanded his resignation. McHenry retired to his estate near Baltimore, Maryland, where he died in 1816, at the age of 63.
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Restrictions
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