Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth

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American Civil War: Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth
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Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth. Photograph Source: Public Domain
James Wadsworth - Early Life & Career:

Born October 30, 1807 at Geneseo, NY, James Samuel Wadsworth was the son of wealthy landowner James Wadsworth and his wife Naomi Walcott. Raised with the intention of inheriting the family's vast holdings, the younger Wadsworth received his education at Harvard and Yale. Reading law, he studied in Albany as well as in the office of Daniel Webster. Though Wadsworth passed the bar, he never intended to actively practice. Marrying Mary C. Wharton of Philadelphia in 1834, he built Hartford House in Geneseo and commenced managing his family's assets. Increasingly active as a philanthropist, Wadsworth also became engaged in politics first as a Democrat and then as a Free Soiler. An ardent abolitionist, he embraced the new Republican Party in 1856.

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