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General Thomas Posey: Son of the American Revolution

John Thornton Posey

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ISBN 10: 0870133160 / ISBN 13: 9780870133169
Published by Michigan State University Press, 1992
Condition: As New Hardcover
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AS NEW IN DUST JACKET. Hardcover. First printing, 325 pp. with index, bibliography. Scarce biography of American Revolution figure Thomas Posey of Virginia. Born in 1750, his childhood neighbor and mentor was George Washington; he had seven years of continual service in the Continental Army, seeing action from the Great Lakes to south Georgia. After the war, he moved west to the Illinois Territory where he served as Indian agent and later was a U.S. Senator from Louisiana, Lieutenant Governor of Kentuck and Governor of Indiana during that state's transition from territory to statehood. Bookseller Inventory # E17701B

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Title: General Thomas Posey: Son of the American ...

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: 2

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: as new

Edition: First edition.

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Revolutionary War general Thomas Posey (1750-1818) lived his life against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic periods in American history. Posey, who played a minor role in the actual War for Independence, went on to participate in the development and foundation of several states in the transappalachian West. His experiences on the late 18th- and early 19th-century American frontier were varied and in a certain sense extraordinary; he served as Indian agent in Illinois Territory; as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, as U.S. Senator from Louisiana, and as Governor of Indiana during its transition from territorial status to statehood. 
     His biographer speculates on the contrasting influences of Thomas's ne'er-do-well father, Captain John Posey, and the family's close friend, General George Washington. Posey's progress is then followed as he raises his own family in the newly formed nation. Of particular interest is an appendix containing a detailed analysis of evidence available to support popular 29th-century speculation that Thomas Posey was, in fact, George Washington's illicit son.

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Revolutionary War General Thomas Posey (1750-1818) lived his life through one of the most dramatic periods in American history. An advocate of the Revolutionary cause, Posey's military career was highlighted by his participation in the seizure of the fort at Stony Point in 1779 and his role in the defeat of British generals "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne and Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. Following the colonial victory in 1783, Posey played an active role in the development of the Transappalachian West, taking part in local and regional politics in several states and territories. His experiences on the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century American frontier were varied and, in a certain sense, extraordinary. Serving as Indian agent in Illinois Territory, as U.S. Senator from Louisiana, as Lieutenant-Governor of Kentucky, and as Governor of Indiana during its transition from territorial status to statehood, he supported and aided in advancement of the young nation. Throughout his lifetime, Posey was personally associated with six presidents, as well as with most national political figures of the era. A sketch of Thomas Posey's childhood in Virginia includes the biographer's speculation on the contrasting influences of his ne'er-do-well father, Captain John Posey, and the family's close friend and neighbor, General George Washington. Finally, the author offers analyses of the popular nineteenth-century speculation that Thomas Posey was George Washington's illegitimate son. In summary, Thomas Posey: Son of the American Revolution presents a fascinating look into life in the newly independent nation.

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