George Izard

George Izard

Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 22 Nov 1828 (aged 52)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 10399 · View Source
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2nd Governor of Arkansas Territory. He was born one of five children (Margaret Izard was born in 1768, Henry Izard was born in 1771, Eliza Izard was born in 1784, and Ralph Izard was born in 1785, and also a half-sister Rosetta Margaretta Izard was born in 1789), to United States Senator and Continental Congressman Ralph Blake Izard and his wife, Alice DeLancey Izard (a niece of Politician and Judge James DeLancey, and a descendent of the 17th Mayor of New York City Stephanus Van Cortlandt), in Paris France, or Richmond, England (sources differ). He was educated locally and then attended the prestigious College of Philadelphia (later the University of Pennsylvania) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was then sent to Europe and was educated at military academies in England and Germany before receiving military engineering instruction in France. He returned to the United States and in November of 1794, he received a commission as a Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers and was ordered by then-Secretary of War James McHenry to oversee the construction of Castle Pinckney in South Carolina. He also became the aide-de-camp to Army Commander Alexander Hamilton in January of 1800, and later he went to Portugal and served as the Secretary to the Minister Plenipotentiary to Portugal William Loughton Smith from 1800 to 1802. He then returned to the United States and officially resigned from his army commission in June of 1803. On June 6, 1803, he married Elizabeth Caroline Byrd Farley Shippen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the couple would have three children together (Ralph Farley Byrd was born in 1804, George Byrd Izard was born in 1805, and James Farley Izard was born sometime after 1805). In 1812, he was appointed to the rank of Colonel and served with the newly established Second Artillery Regiment. He was appointed to the rank of Brigadier General in 1813 and served as Wade Hampton's Second in Command until he resigned when he succeeded him. He was promoted to the rank of Major General in January of 1814 and was in charge of the Northern Army that was protecting Lake Champlain from enemies until he was ordered to reinforce the Army of Niagara. He was discharged from military service in June of 1815. A Member of the Democratic-Republican Party, he was appointed to the post of the Second Governor of Arkansas Territory and served in that capacity from March 4, 1825, until his death on November 22, 1828. He passed away from complications related to gout at the age of 52, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and he was buried near the Peabody School in Little Rock Arkansas, until he was later moved to Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1843. His wife Elizabeth predeceased him on June 24, 1826, but she was buried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Izard County in the State of Arkansas was named in his honor. His original artillery unit still exists to this day as the 1st Battalion of the 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

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