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Eaton, William (23 February 1764–01 June 1811), soldier and diplomat, was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, the son of Nathaniel (or Nathan) Eaton, a teacher and farmer, and Sarah Johnson. The family moved to Mansfield shortly before the Revolution. In January 1780 Eaton ran off and joined the army, but he was discharged after a month with frostbitten toes. In early 1781 Eaton reenlisted with his father’s blessing. He saw no military action and was released with the rank of sergeant when the war ended. Eaton returned to Mansfield and taught school before enrolling at Dartmouth. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1790 and became clerk of the Vermont Assembly....