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LARNED, or LEARNED, Ebenezer, soldier, born in Oxford, Massachusetts, 18 April, 1728; died there, 1 April, 1801. He was a son of Colonel Ebenezer, the largest landholder of Oxford. The son was a captain of rangers during the old French war, and marched with his company from Fort Edward to the relief of Fort William Henry. He was a delegate to the Provincial congress at Concord in 1774. In the beginning of the Revolutionary war he marched to Cambridge at the head of a regiment of eight months' militia, arriving after the battle of Lexington. He fought at Bunker Hill and served during the siege of Boston, unbarring the gates with his own hands at the evacuation. At Dorchester he received an injury and was disabled. After retiring from the fieh] for nearly a year, he was appointed a brigadier-general by the Continental congress in April, 1777, and commanded a brigade at Saratoga. At Stillwater he was the first man to enter the breach. Soon afterward his health failed and he left the army. In 1779 he was chairman of the Constitutional convention.
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