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BURTON, Napier Christie, British soldier, born in America in 1759; died in England in January, 1835. He entered the service in August, 1775, as ensign of the 22d regiment, and was made captain in September. He served in the Jerseys during the winter of 1779-'80, in the actions of Elizabethtown and Springfield in 1780, went to Portsmouth, Virginia, in August, and thence to South Carolina. He was engaged in the affairs of the Catawba and Yadkin, in the battles of Guilford and Cross Creek, and was taken prisoner at Yorktown. He was made lieutenant colonel in 1789, served in Flanders, and was appointed lieutenant governor of Upper Canada in 1799. He became lieutenant-general, 1 January, 1805, general, 4 June, 1814, and from 1796 till 1806 was member of parliament for Beverley.
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