Robert Brent

Robert Brent

Aquia, Stafford County, Virginia, USA
Death 14 Sep 1819 (aged 54–55)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Forest Glen, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 54479526 · View Source
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1st Washington, DC Mayor, War of 1812 United States Army Brigadier General. Born in Woodstock, Stafford County, Virginia, he was involved in the laying out of Washington DC, and was appointed its first Mayor by President Thomas Jefferson on June 1, 1802. He was reappointed each year for ten successive terms, with the last six appointments were made by President James Madison. In addition to serving as Mayor, he served as a Justice of the Peace from 1801 to 1817, as judge of the orphan's court from 1806 to 1814. He was commissioned as a Brigadier General in the United States Army, and served as Paymaster General of the Army from July 1, 1808 to August 28, 1819. He died at his Washington DC home after suffering from a stroke. He was originally buried in a vault on his property, the then well-known Brentwood Mansion, which was located near the intersection of present day 5th Street and Florida Avenue, N.E. in Washington, DC. Vandalism and desecration of the crypts forced the last owners of the property to re-inter the remains Mayor Brent and his family members to Forest Glen, Maryland in 1915. Today Cogswell Hall, a residence hall of Gallaudet University, stands on the site of Brentwood Manor.

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"first mayor of Washington"

Gravesite Details Older stone appears to say he died Sept 1819 ("obiit Sept ? 1819") in his 55th year ("Etatis suce Anno LV")



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