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HAMTRAMCK, John Francis, soldier, born in Canada in 1757; died in Detroit, Michigan, 11 April, 1803. He served as captain in Dubois's New York regiment in the Revolutionary war, was appointed major of infantry, 29 September, 1789, and lieutenant-colonel, commanding the 1st sub-legion, 18 February, 1793. He held command of the left wing of General Wayne's army, and was distinguished in his victory on the Miami on 20 August, 1794. In 1802 he received the commission of colonel. He was an exemplary disciplinarian. A monument was created to his memory and placed in the grounds of St. Anne's Roman Catholic church, Detroit, by the officers whom he had commanded.--His son, John Francis, soldier, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1798; died in Shepherdstown, Virginia, 21 April, 1858, was a sergeant in Zachary Taylor's expedition up the Mississippi river in 1814, and, owing to his bravery in an action opposite the mouth of Reek river, Illinois, 19 July, 1814, with 700 Sac and Fox Indians supported by British batteries, received an appointment to the United States military academy. He was graduated in 1819 and assigned to the artillery, but resigned in 1822, and settled near St. Louis, Maine, where he became a planter. From 1826 till 1831 he was Indian agent for the Osage tribe. He removed to Shepherdstown, Virginia, in 1832, where he engaged as a planter. In 1835 he was captain of the Virginia militia, and held this post until his death. He served in the Mexican war as colonel of the 1st regiment of Virginia volunteers. From 8 March till 20 July, 1848, he was governor of Saltillo. From 1850 till 1854 he was mayor of Shepherdstown. In 1853 he was appointed justice of the Jefferson county court, which office he held until the time of his death.
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