Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 May 1815 (aged 63)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section X Lot 151 to 154
Memorial ID 7863652 · View Source
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United States Army Officer. He was the first Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. A nephew of Benjamin Franklin, he served as an agent to the United States Commission in France during the Revolutionary War, where he became embroiled in the controversy between Silas Deane and Arthur Lee. Well educated in both science and law, he gained fame as an experimental scientist, publishing several science papers, especially in the area of military fortifications. He was appointed to the United States Army as a Colonel by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803, and was installed as the first head of the newly established Military Academy at West Point. His term was marked by governmental neglect in operations and later public distrust. Despite such obstacles he kept alive the school during its early years, building the foundations which Sylvanus Thayer later used to mold the school into it's present day education and military tradition. Colonel Williams resigned from the Army at the beginning of the War of 1812 when he was denied command of the New York City fortifications. He was made a brevet Brigadier General in the New York State Militia, and was elected to the United States Congress, but died before he could take office. He was originally buried on Pine Street between 4th and 5th Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was re-interred at Laurel Hill in 1862.

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  • Originally Created by: Chuck Hensel
  • Added: 12 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7863652
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Williams (20 May 1751–18 May 1815), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7863652, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .