(1749–1812) Revolutionary War army officer, born in Albany, New York. He was noted for his stalwart defense of Fort Stanwix, for which he was subsequently named colonel commandant (1777). After the war Gansevoort was a prominent New York businessman whose portrait was painted by Gilbert Stuart. He was appointed brigadier general by President James Madison (1809).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.