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James Wilkinson
Birth: 1757
Calvert County
Maryland, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 1825
México, Mexico

Governor of Louisiana Territory. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Continental Army, becoming a Brigadier General in 1777. While serving as Clothier General he resigned under charges of financial irregularities. After reentering the Army in 1791 he secretly accepted payments from the Spanish government to induce several states to form a new country allied with Spain, one of many plots and conspiracies he was involved in during his life. In 1805 Wilkinson was appointed the Louisiana Territory's first Governor. He became involved in Aaron Burr's plot, but betrayed Burr to authorities when it was discovered. At Burr's treason trial the lies Wilkinson told to minimize his own involvement led directly to Burr's acquittal and caused Burr supporter Andrew Jackson to physically attack Wilkinson and challenge him to a duel. A military court of inquiry cleared Wilkinson, but Jefferson removed him as Governor and replaced him with Meriwether Lewis. Wilkinson left the Army after the War of 1812 and settled in Mississippi. When he died he was negotiating with the Mexican government for title to Texas land he planned to settle on or sell. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Ann Biddle Wilkinson (1742 - 1807)
  Celestine Laveau Trudeau Wilkinson (1785 - 1858)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Biddle Wilkinson (1789 - 1865)*
  Walter Wilkinson (1791 - ____)*
  Marie Elizabeth Stephanie Wilkinson Bigot (1816 - 1871)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Baptist Cemetery
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico
 
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Apr 27, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14093089
James Wilkinson
Added by: Bill McKern
 
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- sniksnak
 Added: Dec. 28, 2013
With all respect to Wilkinson descendants...this man (after reading many factual/historical data about him) seemed to be a vulgar slanderer, bent on making himself look good, at the expense of others. He sullied good names, trying to better his own image....(Read more)
- Mary M Revis
 Added: Jul. 3, 2013
May we never forget your treason...
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 9, 2013
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