Henry Dearborn

American politician (1751-1829)

Henry Dearborn (February 23, 1751 – June 6, 1829) was an American physician, and statesman. He was a veteran of both the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

Henry Dearborn
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5th United States Secretary of War
In office
March 5, 1801 – March 4, 1809
PresidentThomas Jefferson
Preceded bySamuel Dexter
Succeeded byWilliam Eustis
Personal details
BornFebruary 23, 1751
North Hampton, New Hampshire
DiedJune 6, 1829
Roxbury, Massachusetts

He represented this district as a Democratic-Republican in the Third and Fourth Congresses (1793-1797). In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him Secretary of War, a post he held for eight years until March 7, 1809.

LegacyEdit

In 1803, Lewis and Clark named the Dearborn River in west-central Montana after Dearborn. Dearborn County, Indiana, Dearborn, Michigan and Dearborn, Missouri were also named for him, as was Fort Dearborn in Chicago, Illinois.

His son, Henry A. S. Dearborn, was a Congressman in 1831-1833.