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Ambrose Everett Burnside

Ambrose Everett Burnside, American army officer, senator, governor of Rhode Island. member United States Senate from Rhode Island, 1875-1881.

Background

  • Burnside, Ambrose Everett was born on May 23, 1824 in Liberty, Indiana, United States. Son of Edghill and Pamelia (Brown) Burnside.

  • Education

    • Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1847.

    Career

    • Invented a breech-loading rifle. Major general Rhode Island Militia. Organized 1st Rhode Island Regiment, 1861.

      Commissioned brigadier general, 1861, major general, March 18, 1862. Commander Army of Potomac, 1862. Relieved of his command upon failure of Fredericksburg campaign.

      Served under Grant at Petersburg, failed to force way through after mine explosion, resigned from United States Army upon court of inquiry’s assertion of blame, 1865. Governor Rhode Island, 1866-1869. Member United States Senate from Rhode Island, 1875-1881.

    Membership

    Member United States Senate from Rhode Island, 1875-1881.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Bishop, April.
    • father: Edghill Burnside
    • mother: Pamelia (Brown) Burnside
    • spouse: Mary Bishop
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    Born March 23, 1824
    Died September 13, 1881
    (aged 57)
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