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William Dean

Revolutionary War Vet Obituary

Extracted from
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 38, January 1, 1914
pages 443-60

[The following obituary notices of officers and privates who
served in the Continental Line and Militia of Pennsylvania during
the Revolution have been collected from the newspapers of Montgomery

William Dean.-Died on Saturday morning last at his residence in Montgomery
county, Col. William Dean, in the 67th year of his age. Of a strong and
ardent mind, he early discovered a military genius, though but a youth of
17, his active intrepidity attracted the attention of Gen. Forbes, and he
took him by his side when the British colors were first hoisted on the
walls of Fort Duquesne. In the Revolutionary contest, he took an early
and active part in the cause of his country and the equal rights of man.

He was elected Lieut. Colonel in the first militia regiment that was
formed in Montgomery county and in that capacity he served at Amboy with
high reputation. The surviving patriots who were present at the memorable
battle of Princeton can and will bear ample testimony to his cool, intrepid
valor. At the close of the war, he was elected a Justice of the Peace. His
complaint was of the pulmonary kind and many wearisome nights and days were
appointed unto him, which he bore with that cheerful firmness characteristic
to his mind.
-Norristown Register, September 16, 1807.

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