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CARROLL, William, soldier, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1788; died in Nashville, Tennessee, 22 March, 1844. He was engaged in the hardware business in Pittsburgh, whence, in 1810, he went to Nashville, and attracted the attention of Jackson, by whom he was made a captain and brigade inspector in his division. 20 February, 1813, and advanced to colonel and inspector-general in September, 1813. In 1813 he fought a duel with Jesse, brother of Thomas H. Benton. He distinguished himself at Enotoehopco, and was wounded in the battle of the Horse-shoe Bend of Tallapoosa river, 27 March, 1814. He became major general of Tennessee militia on 13 November, 1814, and won distinction in the defense of New Orleans, especially in the battle of 8 January, 1815. He was governor of Tennessee from 1821 till 1827, and again from 1829 till 1835.
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