General Thomas Posey; Son of the American Revolution

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Revolutionary War general Thomas Posey (1750-1818) lived his life against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic periods in American history. Posey, who played a minor role in the actual War for Independence, went on to participate in the development and foundation of several states in the transappalachian West. His experiences on the late 18th- and early 19th-century American frontier were varied and in a certain sense extraordinary; he served as Indian agent in Illinois Territory; as Lieutenant Governor of ...

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Overview

Revolutionary War general Thomas Posey (1750-1818) lived his life against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic periods in American history. Posey, who played a minor role in the actual War for Independence, went on to participate in the development and foundation of several states in the transappalachian West. His experiences on the late 18th- and early 19th-century American frontier were varied and in a certain sense extraordinary; he served as Indian agent in Illinois Territory; as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, as U.S. Senator from Louisiana, and as Governor of Indiana during its transition from territorial status to statehood. 
     His biographer speculates on the contrasting influences of Thomas's ne'er-do-well father, Captain John Posey, and the family's close friend, General George Washington. Posey's progress is then followed as he raises his own family in the newly formed nation. Of particular interest is an appendix containing a detailed analysis of evidence available to support popular 29th-century speculation that Thomas Posey was, in fact, George Washington's illicit son.

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The subject of this biography, well-known in his time, participated in decisive victories in the Revolution and subsequently served as an Indian agent in Illinois Territory, US Senator from Louisiana, Lieutenant-Governor of Kentucky, and Governor of Indiana during that state's transition from territorial status. An archetypical rugged individualist, he had close relationships with the notables of his time and influence on emerging American domestic and foreign policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870133169
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Pages: 325
  • Sales rank: 1,295,248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Thornton Posey, a retired attorney, is a descndent of General Thomas Posey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 "...born of respectable parentage...."(1750-1774) 5
2 "The glorious cause" (1775-1778) 27
3 "The fort's our own!" (1778-1779) 48
4 "The veracity of Posey was as unquestioned as his courage." (1780-1782) 74
5 "...we are to loose you, perhaps for ever....(1783-1793) 109
6 "...a most amiable wife and sweet little family of children...." (1793-1800) 132
7 "I was not born to riches or... high birth, or great family." (1800-1810) 159
8 "I am not...above shewing an example to my fellow citizens...." (1810-1813) 186
9 "... under your auspices, we have become as one people." (1813-1816) 207
10 "... he knew him and gave him his hand." (1816-1818) 234
App. A: "...being in Company with her revives my former Passion for your Low Land Beauty...." 263
App. B: "The unfortunate and most unhappy John Price Posey".... 278
Select Bibliography 295
Index 309
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