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James McHenry

James McHenry

James McHenry

A soldier, physician, and politician who was one ot several foreign-born signers of the Constitution, McHenry served as a surgeon and as an aide to Washington and Lafayette during the War for Independence; sat in the Maryland legislature and the Continental Congress; and held the position of Secretary of War in the Washington and John Adams administrations. Baltimore's Fort McHenry was named after him.

For more information:
James McHenry, Soldier-Statesman

Did You Know?

An aerial view of Fort McHenry.

Fort McHenry was built prior to the War of 1812. The fort is named for James McHenry, Secretary of War, 1796-1800.