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LARNED, Simon, merchant, born in Thompson, Connecticut, 13 August, 175;I; died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 16 November, 1817. in the Revolutionary war he served as a captain in the 3d Massachusetts regiment. He settled as a merchant in Pittsfield in 1784, was a representative in the general court in 1791, and served as county treasurer and sheriff for many years. He was elected to congress in the place of a member who had resigned in November, 1804, and served till the following March. In 1812 he was appointed colonel of the 9th United States infantry, and saw service at Plattsburgh and on the Mohawk.--His son, Sylvester, clergyman, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 23 August, 1796; died in New Orleans, Louisiana, 31 August, 1820, was graduated at Middlebury in 1813, and studied theology at Andover and at Princeton, where he was graduated in 1816. He was ordained in New York city in July, 1817, and preached in various churches, attracting large audiences by an extraordinary gift of pathetic oratory. Though invited to the pastorship of large churches in Baltimore, Alexandria, and Boston, he decided to go to the south as an evangelist with his friend, Reverend Elias Cornelius. Arriving in New Orleans in January, 1818, he organized the first Presbyterian church in that city. The building was completed on 4 July, 1819. Remaining in New Orleans during the summer of 1820, he ministered to his parishioners during an epidemic of yellow fever until he was seized with the disease. His "Life and Sermons" were published by Reverend Ralph R. Gurley (New York, 1844) Simon's nephew, Benjamin Franklin, soldier, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 6 September, 1794; died in Washington, D. C., 6 September, 1862, entered the United States army as ensign on 21 October, 1813, was promoted to a first lieutenancy in the summer of 1814, and took part in the defence of Fort Erie, receiving the brevet rank of captain for gallant conduct. In January, 1815, he was appointed regimental paymaster, and on the reduction of the army retained as paymaster of the 5th infantry, with rank and pay of major. In 1847, when two deputy paymaster-generalships were created, Major Lamed was appointed to one of them with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and on the death of General Nathan Towson, in 1854, he succeeded to the paymaster-generalship by right of seniority, with the rank of colonel. At the beginning of the civil war he thoroughly reorganized his department; but his health, which was already impaired, gave way under the strain.
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