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Engineer , soldier

William Buel Franklin, American engineer, soldier.


Franklin, William Buel was born on February 27, 1823 in York, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Walter Simonds and Sarah (Buel) Franklin.


Graduate West Point, 1843.


Assigned to topographical engrs. Served through Mexican war and engaged in engineering service, becoming colonel 12th infantry, May 14, 1861. Brigadier general vols., May 17, 1861.

Major general vols., July 4, 1862, and afterwards received brevetted rank of brigadier general and major general United States Army. Resigned March 15, 1866. Became vice president Colts Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, Hartford.

Widower. Was president of commission for laying out Long Island City, 1871-1872. President of commission for building new State house at Hartford, Connecticut, 1872-1873. Construction engineering of same, 1874.

United States commissioner general for Paris Exposition, 1889. Grand officer French Legion of Honor, October 1889. President Board Mgrs.

National Soldiers’ Home until 1899. Hartford, Conn.


Married Anna L. Clarke, July 7, 1852 (died 1900).

Walter Simonds Franklin

Sarah (Buel) Franklin

Anna L. Clarke