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General Samuel Blatchley Webb - (December 15, 1753 - December 3, 1807)

A Revolutionary War Hero


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In Brief:

General Samuel B. Webb was an aide-de-camp to Washington and wounded in three battles. He was a notable participant in the first inauguration of George Washington as our President.

He married Claverack's Catherine Hogeboom in 1790 and they lived as notable citizens with all seven children born on Webb Road. They are buried in the Dutch Reformed Cemetry, Claverack. The Webb family has continued to be important in our national life. In the 20th century, they created the great Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

Detailed Biography:

WEBB, Samuel Blatchley, soldier, born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 15 December, 1753; died in Claverack, New York, 3 December, 1807. He was descended from Richard Webb, of Gloucestershire, England, who was made a freeman of Boston in 1632, and accompanied the Reverend Thomas Hooker in the settlement of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1635. He was a step-son and private secretary to Silas Deane, and took part at an early age in the movements that preceded the Revolution.

In command of a company of light infantry he left Wethersfield for Boston on hearing of the battle of Lexington, participated in the battle of Bunker Hill, where he was wounded, and was commended in general orders for gallantry. A letter that he wrote to his step-father describing that battle is now possessed by the Connecticut historical society at Hartford.

He was soon afterward appointed aide to General Israel Putnam, and on 21 June, 1776, was made private secretary and aide-de-camp to Washington, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He wrote the order for promulgating the Declaration of Independence in New York city, 9 July, 1776, and was associated with Colonel Joseph Reed a few days later in refusing to receive a letter from Lord Howe that was addressed to "George Washington, Esq."


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