Henry Knox

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Born: 1750

Died: 1806

Occupation: Military officer, US Secretary of War


Henry Knox was born in Boston in 1750 to Irish parents. Knox joined the militia during the Revolutionary War and befriended George Washington.1 He accompanied Washington on most of Washington's military campaigns throughout the war, and became the chief artillery officer of the Continental Army. After the American Revolution, Knox maintained close ties with Washington. Following the adoption of the Constitution, Congress appointed Knox as United States Secretary of War in President Washington's cabinet.2 As Secretary of War, Knox dealt with growing unrest and tensions with Native Americans along the United States' western frontier.3

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