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 Army in 1787, serving in Ireland as aide-de-camp to two successive Lords Lieutenant of Ireland. He was also elected as a Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons. He was a colonel by 1796, and saw action in the Netherlands and in India, where he fought in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War at the Battle of Seringapatam. He was appointed governor of Seringapatam and Mysore in 1799 and, as a newly appointed major-general, won a decisive victory over the Maratha Confederacy at the Battle of Assaye in 1803.
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07/22/1812-Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, defeats French at Battle of Salamanca, Spain
08/12/1812-Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid 
10/22/1812-Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, seizes Burgos Spain 
06/18/1815-Napoleon Bonaparte defeated by Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher at the Battle of Waterloo
01/17/1827-Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, appointed British supreme commander 
09/15/1830-Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, opens Liverpool and Manchester Railway
11/18/1852-State funeral of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (London) 
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