american flag                           Philip Schuyler (1733-1804)

philip schuylerBorn in Albany, Philip Schuyler was an heir to a large estate and went on to serve as quartermaster to General Bradstreet. Following the French and Indian War, he entered politics as a member of the New York Assembly and was later appointed Major General of the Continental Army with command of the Northern Department. Though he helped plan the invasion of Canada via Lake Champlain, poor health obliged him to place Richard Montgomery in command of the campaign. Two years later he was blamed for the loss of Fort Ticonderoga during General Burgoyne’s counter-march, but would be vindicated following the Patriot triumph at Saratoga. He was later elected Senator for New York in the First U. S. Congress.

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