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James Wilkinson
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Military Personnel
    (March 24, 1757-December 28, 1825)
    Born in Benedict, Maryland
    Served in the American Revolution and War of 1812
    Commanding General of the United States Army (1796-98,1800-12)
    Governor of Louisiana Territory (1805-07)
    When he was dispatched to the Continental Congress to report the victory at Saratoga, he embellished his role in the battle, resulting in his being brevetted as a major general.
    He may have participated in the Conway Cabal, a conspiracy to replace George Washington as commander in chief.
    He became a paid agent of Spain, earning $7,000 a year for trying to convince Kentucky to leave the US and become a Spanish territory.
    He joined Aaron Burr's plot to set up an independent country carved from parts of the Louisiana Territory and Mexico.
    During the War of 1812, he lost both battles that he commanded, with his 4,000-man army routed by 200 British soldiers.
    Historian Frederick Jackson Turner called him 'The most consummate artist in treason that the nation ever possessed.'
    He spolied Burr's plans by ratting him out to Thomas Jefferson.
    He sponsored the expeditions of explorer Zebulon Pike.
    He was acquitted in two seperate court martials over his involvement with Burr (1811) and his losses in the War of 1812 (1814).

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