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Alexander, William, 1726-1783

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Personal name headingAlexander, William, 1726-1783
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Variant(s)Stirling, William Alexander, Earl of, 1726-1783
Lord Stirling, 1726-1783
Stirling, Lord, 1726-1783
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1726
Death date1783-01-15
Place of birthNew York (N.Y.)
Place of deathAlbany (N.Y.)
Profession or occupationSoldiers Armed Forces Officers
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Found inHis The conduct of Major Gen. Shirley, 1758 (name not given)
DNB (Alexander, William (1726-1783); American major-general; claimed to be Sixth Earl of Stirling; b. 1726, New York; d. 1/15/1783, Albany, N.Y.)
NUCMC data from N.J. Hist. Soc. for Chew family. Papers, 1735-1796 (William Alexander (Lord Stirling))
Cyc. of Am. Bio, 1915 (Alexander, William, called Lord Stirling, soldier, b. NYC in 1726; d. in Albany 15 Jan 1783; joined British army in commissariat dept. and became aide-de-camp to Gov. Shirley; in 1757 prosecuted his claim to the earldom of Stirling before House of Lords without success; 1761 ret. to Am. and m. dau. of Philip Livingston; like his father, James, held office of surveyor gen.; entered revol. army as col. of the batt. of east N.J. in Oct. 1775; dist. himself by capture of Brit. armed transport for which Congress made him brig. gen.; at battle of Long Is. in 1776 was taken pris. and later exchanged; 1777 prom. to maj. gen.; at Trenton, rec. surrender of a Hessian reg.; one of the founders of Columbia Col., called King's Col. before rev. war and became its first gov.)
Associated languageeng