William Pepperrell

(1696—1759) army officer and merchant

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(1696–1759) soldier and merchant. Born in Maine to a prosperous and socially prominent family, Pepperrell entered the family business and also became active in the local militia. His most noted exploit was the 1745 expedition he led against the French fort at Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, which had been used as a base to interfere with Massachusetts shipping; after a month-long siege, the fort surrendered. Pepperrell commanded the Eastern Frontier during the Seven Years War (1756-63) and in 1759 was named a brigadier general in the British army, although poor health kept him from field service.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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