William North


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(1755–1836) officer in the Continental army, born at Fort Frederic Pemaquid, Maine. North was aide-de-camp (1779–83) to Baron Friedrich von Steuben, the army's inspector general, whom he was with at the siege of Yorktown (1781) and the capture of Lord Charles Cornwallis's army (1783). North had previously seen action in the battle of Monmouth (1778). After serving several terms in the New York state assembly, in 1798 he was appointed to the U.S. Senate, where he played a significant role in supporting the administration's military program for the Quasi-War with France (1798). Later that year he was appointed adjutant general of the army and then assistant inspector general; as such he served as Alexander Hamilton's chief of staff until both their offices were abolished by Congress in 1800.

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