(1743–1804)Revolutionary War soldier, congressman, and businessman. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Jeremiah Wadsworth earned a reputation as shrewd businessman in the years before the Revolutionary War. He began the war serving as a commissary for Connecticut forces, but by 1778 the Continental Congress had appointed him to be commissary general for the Continental army. His efforts to keep that force amply supplied despite a lack of money and limited support from the states earned accolades from Gen. George Washington. Wadsworth resigned his position in early 1780 to return to his own business interests, which included employment by the Comte de Rochambeau as commissary for his French army in America. After the war Wadsworth developed many pioneering practices in farming, banking, insurance, and manufacturing. He was elected to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives until resigning in 1795. He then served on the Connecticut state executive council until a few years before his death in Hartford.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.