|Birthplace:||Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk, New York, United States|
|Death:||Died in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA|
|Occupation:||Served in U.S. House of Representatives from 1801-1817 (see Wikipedia)|
|Managed by:||Randy Stebbing|
About Benjamin Tallmadge
Wikipedia Biographical Summary:
"...Benjamin Tallmadge (11 February 1754 – 7 March 1835) was a member of the United States House of Representatives. His birth date is alternately listed as February 25, 1754
Tallmadge, the son of a clergyman, was born in Setauket, New York, a hamlet in the Town of Brookhaven on Long Island. Tallmadge graduated from Yale college in 1773, and was a classmate of Nathan Hale.
From 1773-1776 Tallmadge was the superintendent of Wethersfield High School.
American Revolutionary War
Tallmadge was a major in the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons. He was initially commissioned on June 20, 1776. Eventually, he was promoted to the rank of colonel and became the chief intelligence officer for George Washington. He organized the Culper Spy Ring based out of New York City and Long Island during the American Revolutionary War, which is rumored to have revealed the betrayal of Benedict Arnold, though this is disputed. Arnold's captured British contact, Major John André, was placed in Tallmadge's custody until Andre's execution.
On November 21, 1780, Tallmadge and his dragoons rowed across the Long Island Sound from Fairfield, Connecticut to Mt. Sinai, New York. The next day they proceeded to the south shore where they captured and burned down Manor St. George, which the British turned into a fort, and captured the soldiers within. On their march back to Mt. Sinai, Tallmadge stopped in Coram and ordered the burning of 300 tons of hay which the British had been stockpiling for the winter. George Washington, on hearing the news, sent the following letter to Tallmadge:
I have received with much pleasure the report of your successful enterprise upon fort St. George, and was pleased with the destruction of the hay at Coram, which must be severely felt by the enemy at this time. I beg you to accept my thanks for your spirited execution of this business.
The Tallmadge Trail is marked along the route Tallmadge and his dragoons took from Mt. Sinai to Mastic Heights.
After War Years
After the war, Tallmadge married one of the daughters of William Floyd, settled in Connecticut. In 1783 Tallmadge settled in Litchfield, Connecticut. He was appointed the town's postmaster in 1792.
Tallmadge was the first president of the Phoenix Branch Bank. He served first as treasurer and eventually as secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati.
He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1801-1817. He was a member of the Federalist Party. This meant that during his entire congressional career he was part of the party that was in the minority. In 1816 he declined to be run for reelection.
Tradition has it that Tallmadge was considered one of the most handsome men of the American Revolution.
Tallmadge died in Litchfield, Connecticut on March 7, 1835. He was interred in East Cemetery.
Tallmadge, Ohio is named after Benjamin Tallmadge..."
SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Benjamin Tallmadge', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 November 2010, 15:47 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Benjamin_Tallmadge&oldid=398068858> [accessed 17 March 2011]
Benjamin Tallmadge's Timeline
February 25, 1754
Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk, New York, United States
August 29, 1792
March 7, 1835
Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
Litchfield, Litchfield, CT, USA