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KEIM, William High, soldier, born near Reading, Pennsylvania, 25 June, 1813; died in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 18 May, 1862. He was educated at Mount Airy military academy, Pennsylvania, was mayor of Reading in 1848, was elected to congress as a Democrat to fill a vacancy, and served in 1858-'9, and then became surveyor-general of the state. In 1861 he was commissioned major-general of the Pennsylvania volunteers that were sent by order of the governor, under General Robert Patterson, to defend the towns of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Hagerstown, Maryland, Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and the upper Potomac. in the autumn of this year, Keim was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, and, joining the army under General McClellan, he commanded a Pennsylvania brigade in the peninsular campaign, His death was the result of camp fever.
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