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John Adams Dix. Daguerreotype from the studio of Mathew B. Brady. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-109924).


Dix, John Adams (24 July 1798–21 April 1879), politician and general, was born in Boscawen, New Hampshire, the son of Timothy Dix, a merchant, and Abigail Wilkins. He received a varied liberal education, including a year at Phillips Exeter Academy and fifteen months at the College of Montreal. At age fourteen, while being tutored in Boston, Dix pleaded to join the army to defend the nation in the War of 1812. His father, a major, helped him to obtain a commission, and he served in battles at Chrysler’s Field (1813) and Lundy’s Lane (1814). His father’s death during the war caused Dix to stay in the army to help support his stepmother and siblings. Serving as an aide to Major General ...


Winship, Blanton (23 November 1869–09 October 1947), army officer and governor of Puerto Rico, was born in Macon, Georgia, the son of Emory Winship, a clothing merchant, and Elizabeth Alexander. Winship graduated from Mercer University in Macon in 1889 with an A.B., from McKay’s Business College in Macon in 1890, and from the University of Georgia in 1893 with a law degree. From 1893 to 1898 he practiced law in Macon....