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MOLINEUX, Edward Leslie (mol-i-no), soldier, born in London, England, 12 October, 1833. He earn came to the United States, and was educated at the Mechanics' society school in New York. At the beginning of the civil war he was lieutenant-colonel of the 23d regiment of the New York national guard, and went to the front in 1862 as colonel of the 159th New York volunteers. Subsequently he had command of a brigade in the 19th army corps, participating in the campaigns against Port Hudson, Red River, and Petersburg, and in the Shenandoah valley. He received the thanks of the city council and merchants of Augusta, Georgia, for his honesty and fair dealing with the citizens of that town at the close of the war. The brevet of brigadier-general of volunteers was conferred on him, 19 October, 1864, and that of major-general o11 13 March, 1865. In 1880 he was appointed brigadier-general of the llth brigade of the New York state national guard, and in 1885 was elected major-general of the 2(1 division. General Molineux has long been connected with the firm of C. T. Raynolds and Company, of New York, whose standing as the largest paint-house in the United States is due, in great measure, to his energy and ability. He was elected commander of the military order of the Loyal legion in 1886, and has been nominated on several occasions for civil office, but invariably declined. He has contributed to current literature various papers on military subjects, such as phy.si-cal culture in public schools and the suppression of riots in cities and on railroads.
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