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DESHA, Joseph, soldier, born in Pennsylvania, 9 December 1768: died in Georgetown, Kentucky, 13 October 1842. He removed to Kentucky in 1781, served in the Indian wars under Generals Wayne and Harrison in 1794, and fought at the battle of the Thames in 1813 as a major general. He was at one time a member of the Kentucky legislature, and was elected to congress, serving from 26 October 1807, till 3 March 1819. He was governor of Kentucky from 1824 till 1828.His brother, Robert, soldier, born in Pennsylvania; died in Mobile, Ala., 8 February 1849, removed to Tennessee in early life, served in the war of 1812 as captain of the 24th infantry, was brevetted major for services in the attempt to capture Fort Mackinaw. 4 August 1814, and promoted brigadier major in the following October. From 3 December 1827, till 3 March 1831, he was a representative in congress from Tennessee. He afterward became a merchant in Mobile, Ala.
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