Did you know that James McHenry was born today in 1753? During the American Revolution he was a medical doctor and surgeon with the Continental Army. After the American Revolution, James McHenry was one of the delegates sent by the State of Maryland to the Continental Congress and was one of the signers of the United States Constitution. He served as the Secretary of War for President Washington and President John Adams. Fort McHenry, located in Baltimore, Maryland is named after James McHenry.
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James McHenry and his family came to the colonies from Ireland.
During the American Revolution, James McHenry also served as one of the aides-de-camp for General Washington from May 1778 to August 1780. From August 1780 to the autumn of 1781, he served on major-general Lafayette’s staff.
One of James McHenry’s assignments as George Washington’s Secretary of State was to oversee the transition of military posts located in the west from Great Britian’s control to the United States.
James McHenry is credited with establishing the United States Department of the Navy.
Being active in the establishment of the United States of America, James McHenry was familiar with or friends with many other notable people in the American Revolutions such as the Marquis de Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, Timothy Pickering, Benjamin Tallmadge, and more.
James McHenry is buried at the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore, Maryland. Other notable individuals buried here are Phillip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key) and Edgar Allen Poe.