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FRY, Joshua, soldier, born in Somersetshire, England; died at the mouth of Wills' creek, Maryland, 31 May 1754. He was educated at Oxford, and, after coming to this country, was made professor of mathematics in William and Mary College, Virginia. He was afterward a member of the House of Burgesses, and served on the commission appointed to determine the Virginia and North Carolina boundary line. He was a colonel of militia and a member of the governor's council in 1750, and in 1752 was a commissioner to treat with the Indians at Logtown. In company with Peter Jefferson, he had made a map of Virginia, and his acquaintance of the frontier gained in this employment, together with his knowledge of the Indian character, secured his appointment to the command of the expedition against the French in 1754. Colonel Fry died while he was conducting his troops to the Ohio, and was succeeded by George Washington, who had been second in command.
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