• I was born in Albany, New York. 
  • In 1755, I raised a company of troops and fought at the Battle of Lake George, part of a campaign by the British to expel the French from North America, in the French and Indian War. 
  • I was a member of the colonial assembly from 1768. 
  • In 1775, I was a delegate to the Continental Congress, also known as the Philadelphia Congress; a convention of delegates called together from the thirteen colonies. 
  • Out of this I was appointed the first of four major generals in the fledgling country.

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