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DUVAL, Isaac Hardin, soldier, born in Wellsburg, Brooke County, Virginia, 1 September 1824. He received a common school education, was many years a hunter in the Rocky mountains, commanded the first company that crossed the plains from Texas to California, and traveled in Mexico and Central and South America. In 1846'7 he was secretary to the commissioners sent by President Polk to treat with the Indians on the Texas frontier. On 1 May 1861, he entered the U. S. volunteer service as major of the 1st West Virginia infantry. He was promoted colonel on 1 September 1862, brigadier general on 1 November 1864, assigned to the command of the 1st division of the 8th army corps, and made major general by brevet at the end of the war. He was two years in the senate of West Virginia, two years adjutant general of the state, and in 1868 was elected as a republican to congress, serving one term. He was appointed assessor of internal revenue in 1871, and was collector for the first district of West Virginia in 1873'5. He subsequently followed the insurance business, and in 1886 was elected to the legislature.
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