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CORNELL, Ezekiel, soldier, born in Scituate, Rhode Island He was a mechanic, who educated himself, and established a library in his native town. In 1775 he was appointed lieutenant colonel of Hitchcock's regiment, was present at the siege of Boston, was made deputy adjutant-general, 1 October, 1776, and subsequently brigadier-general and commander of the brigade of state troops, which was in service three years and three months, and was disbanded, 16 March, 1780. This force was of great service in protecting the state during the British occupation. He was a delegate from Rhode Island to the Continental congress in 1780-'3, and chairman of the military committee. At the close of his term he retired to his farm at Scituate.
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