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Benjamin Lincoln

Benjamin Lincoln Oil on canvas
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This portrait of Benjamin Lincoln, a farmer and major general in the Revolution who fought in the Yorkshire campaign and suppressed Shay's Rebellion, was completed by Henry Sargent (1770-1845) in 1806.

Benjamin Lincoln was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1733. He was a farmer there, and a major general during the Revolution who fought in the Yorktown campaign, and served as secretary of war from 1781 to 1783. Lincoln led Massachusetts troops to suppress Shay's Rebellion in 1787. He was a member of the constitutional convention in 1788, collector of the Port of Boston from 1789 to 1809, and a federal commissioner to negotiate Indian treaties. He was selected membership to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1798. Benjamin Lincoln died in Hingham in 1810.