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lawyer , army officer , cotton manufacturer

Birkett Davenport Fry, American lawyer, army officer, cotton manufacturer.


Fry, Birkett Davenport was born on June 24, 1822 in Kanawha County, Virginia, United States. Son of Thornton and Eliza (Thompson) Fry.


Attended Virginia Military Institute, Washington (Pennsylvania) College, United States Military Academy, 2 years.


Admitted to Virginia bar, 1846. Commissioned First lieutenant infantry United States Army during Mexican War, 1847. Moved to California, 1849.

Commissioned brigadier general during William Walker’s expedition to Nicaragua while attempting to create a state ruled by Walker with gradual introduction of slavery, 1855. Had returned to California to recruit more troops when Walker’s regime fell, 1857. Manager cotton mill, Tallasee, Alabama, 1859.

Commissioned colonel 13th Alabama Infantry Regiment, 1861. Commissioned brigadier general Army of Virginia, 1864. President Marshall Manufacturing Company, 1886-1891.


Married Martha Micou, 1853.

Thornton Fry

Eliza (Thompson) Fry

Martha Micou