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McMILLEN, William Linn, soldier, born in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, 18 October, 1829. He was graduated at Starling medical college, Columbus, Ohio, in 1852, was surgeon in the Russian army from 1855 till the end of the Crimean war, and of the 1st Ohio infantry in 1861, and in 1862 he became colonel of the 95th Ohio. He served in the west and south, led a brigade at Nashville, commanded a district after Lee's surrender, and received the brevets of brigadier-general and major-general of volunteers on 16 December, 1864, and 13 March, 1865, respectively. He then became a planter in Louisiana, served several terms in the legislature, and in 1872 and 1873 was chosen to the United States senate by the McEnery legislature, but not admitted to a seat. In 1878-'83 he was postmaster of New Orleans.
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