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Burnside, Ambrose Everett

Born: 1824 AD
Died: 1881 AD
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1824 – Burnside was born in Liberty, Indiana on the 23rd of May.

1843 – His interest in military affairs and his father’s political connections obtained an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy.

1847 – He graduated, ranking 18th in a class of 38, and was commissioned a brevet second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Artillery.

         – Lt. Burnside served two years on the western frontier, serving under Captain Braxton Bragg in the 3rd U.S. Artillery, a light artillery unit that had been converted to cavalry duty, protecting the Western mail routes through Nevada to California.

1849 – He was wounded by an arrow in his neck during a skirmish against Apaches in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

1852 – He was appointed to the command of Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island, and, while there, he married Mary Richmond Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, on April 27.

1853 – Burnside resigned his commission in the U.S. Army, although maintaining a position in the state militia, and devoted his time and energy to the manufacture of the famous rifle that bears his name, the Burnside carbine.  

1866 – He served governor of Rhode Island.

1871 – He was the 1st president of National Rifle Association (NRA).

1875 – He was Senator from Rhode Island.

1877 – He became chairman of Senate Education and Labor Committee.

         – He was chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

1881 – He died on the 31st of September.


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