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Franz von Waldeck

borndied
14911553, Jul 15
Prince-Bishop of Münster, Osnabrück, and Minden in the Lower Rhenish–Westphalian Circle of the Holy Roman Empire. He suppressed the Münster Rebellion, a millenarian Anabaptist theocratic insurrection which occupied the fortified city of Münster. When the Lutheran movement gave way to the radical Anabaptists in the annual council election on 23 Februar...
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Albrecht von Wallenstein

aka: von Waldstein
bornactivedied
1583, Sep 241604-16341634, Feb 25
a Bohemian military leader and politician who offered his services, and an army of 30,000 to 100,000 men, during the Thirty Years' War (1618–48), to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II. He became the supreme commander of the armies of the Habsburg Monarchy and a major figure of the Thirty Years' War. An imperial generalissimo by land, and Admiral of the Ba...
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Artemas Ward

bornactivedied
1727, Nov 261751-17951800, Oct 28
an American major general in the American Revolutionary War and a Congressman from Massachusetts. He was considered an effective political leader, President John Adams describing him as "...universally esteemed, beloved and confided in by his army and his country....
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Joseph Warren

borndied
1741, Jun 111775, Jun 17
an American physician who played a leading role in American Patriot organizations in Boston in the early days of the American Revolution, eventually serving as President of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Warren enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on April 18, 1775, to leave Boston and spread the alarm that the British garrison in Bos...
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George Washington

bornactivedied
1732, Feb111789-17971799, Dec 14
the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the "father of his country".
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William Washington

borndied
1752, Feb 281810, Mar 6
a cavalry officer of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, who held a final rank of brigadier general in the newly created United States after the war. Primarily known as a commander of light dragoons, he led mounted troops in a number of notable battles in the Carolinas during the campaigns of 1780 and 1781.
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Stand Watie

aka: Standhope Uwatie, Tawkertawker, Isaac S. Watie
borndied
1806, Dec 121871, Sep 9
a leader of the Cherokee Nation, and the only Native American to attain a general's rank in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He commanded the Confederate Indian cavalry of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, made up mostly of Cherokee, Muskogee and Seminole, and was the final Confederate general in the field to cease hostilities at w...
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John Watkins [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1680s1689
An English soldier stationed at Fort Loyal, Falmouth, Maine. Deserted and sailed with the pirate Pound. Killed at Tarpaulin Cove in 1689.
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Anthony Wayne

aka: Mad Anthony
bornactivedied
1745, Jan 11775-17961796, Dec 15
a United States Army officer, statesman, and member of the United States House of Representatives. Wayne adopted a military career at the outset of the American Revolutionary War, where his military exploits and fiery personality quickly earned him promotion to brigadier general and the sobriquet Mad Anthony. He later served as General in Chief of the Army a...
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George Weedon

borndied
17341793
an American soldier during the Revolutionary War from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He served as a Brigadier General in the Continental Army and later in the Virginia militia. Weedon served as a Lieutenant under George Washington in the French and Indian War, m...
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Arthur Wellesley

aka: 1st Duke of Wellington
borndied
1769, My 11852, Sep 14
an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. Wellesley was born in Dublin, belonging to the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. He was commissioned as an ensign in the British ...
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William Wells

aka: Apekonit
borndied
1770 ca1812, Aug 15
the son-in-law of Chief Little Turtle of the Miami. He fought for the Miami in the Northwest Indian War. During the course of that war, he became a United States Army officer, and also served in the War of 1812. Wells became the equivalent of a captain in the Legion of the United States, acting as the head of an elite group of spies and interpreter, and agre...
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William Wemyss

borndied
1760, Apr 91822, Feb 4
a Scottish soldier in the British Army and Member of Parliament. From 1784 to 1787 Wemyss was MP for Sutherland, succeeding his father, before sitting for Fife from 1787 to 1796 and again from 1807 to 1820. Captain in the Army by brevet, 1 July 1783 DAG in Scotland and Major, 18 November 1786 DAG in Scotland and Lieutenant-Colonel, 1 October 1791 Colonel, ...
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William Whipple Jr.

bornactivedied
1730, Jan 141751-17851785, Nov 28
a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire. Whipple was a member of the Continental congress from 1776 through 1779. Before becoming a politician, Whipple worked as both a ship's captain and a merchant. He studied in college to become a judge. Whipple died of heart complications in 1785, aged 55.
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William I of the Netherlands

aka: Willem Frederik, Prince of Orange-Nassau
borndied
1772, Aug 241843, Dec 12
a Prince of Orange and the first King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg. After the National Convention of the French First Republic had declared war on the stadtholder of the Dutch Republic in February 1793, William was appointed commander-in-chief of the veldleger (mobile army) of the States Army (his father remained the nominal head of the ar...
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William II of Orange

borndied
1626, May 271650, Nov 6
sovereign Prince of Orange and stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from 14 March 1647 until his death three years later. His only child, also named William, would go on to reign as William III of England and Ireland, as well as William II in Scotland.
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William II of the Netherlands

borndied
1792, Dec 61849, Mar 17
King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg. William II was the son of William I and Wilhelmine of Prussia. When his father, who up to that time ruled as sovereign prince, proclaimed himself king in 1815, he became Prince of Orange as heir apparent of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With the abdication of his father on 7 October 1...
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Prince William of Cumberland

aka: Duke of Cumberland
borndied
1721, Apr 261765, Oct 31
the third and youngest son of George II of Great Britain and Caroline of Ansbach, and Duke of Cumberland from 1726. He is best remembered for his role in putting down the Jacobite Rising at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, which made him immensely popular throughout Britain. He is often referred to by the nickname given to him by his English Tory opponents: '...
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Frederick William

aka: Duke of Prussia, Elector of Brandenburg
bornactivedied
1620, Feb 161640-16881688, Apr 29
Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688. A member of the House of Hohenzollern, he is popularly known as "the Great Elector" (der Große Kurfürst) because of his military and political achievements. He was a staunch pillar of the Calvinist faith, associated with the rising commercial c...
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Oliver Wolcott

bornactivedied
1726, Nov 201747-17971797, Dec 1
a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and also the Articles of Confederation as a representative of Connecticut and the nineteenth Governor of Connecticut. He was a major general for the Connecticut Militia in the Revolutionary War serving under more
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James Wolfe

borndied
1727, Jan 21759, Sep 13
a British Army Officer, known for his training reforms but remembered chiefly for his victory over the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec in 1759. The son of a distinguished general, Edward Wolfe, he had received his first commission at a young age and saw extensive service in Europe where he fought during the War of the Austrian Success...
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Carl Gustaf Wrangel

borndied
1613, Dec 231676, Jul 5
a high-ranking Swedish noble, statesman and military commander in the Thirty Years', Torstenson, Bremen, Second Northern and Scanian Wars. A Baltic German, he held the ranks of a field marshal, commander-in-chief of the Swedish forces in Germany (1646–1648), and Lord High Admiral of Sweden (since 1657). Wrangel was gouvernor-general of Swedish Pomerania (1...
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Thomas Wyatt the Younger

borndied
15211554, Apr 11
a rebel leader during the reign of Mary I of England; his rising is traditionally called "Wyatt's rebellion". He was also the son of the English poet and ambassador Sir Thomas Wyatt. Stemming from experiences with the Spanish Inquisition while accompanying his father, Wyatt developed an aversion to the Spanish government, which greatly affected him when he l...
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