1733 - Benjamin Lincoln, born on the 24th of January in Hingham, Massachusetts. He was a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
1755 - At 21, became the town constable and he entered the 3rd Regiment of the Suffolk militia as an adjutant.
1757 - He was elected the town clerk of Hingham.
1762 - Was elected Justice of the Peace.
1772 - He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Regiment of the Suffolk militia.
1776 - He was promoted to brigadier general, then major general, then commander of all Massachusetts troops in the Boston area.
1777 - In September, joined Horatio Gates' camp near Saratoga to take part in the Battles of Saratoga but he did not play a big role in the Second Battle of Saratoga because he was wounded when a musket ball shattered his ankle and he was permenatly left with one leg shorter than the other.
1778 - He was appointed Southern Department Commander in September.
1779 - Participated in the attack on Savannah, Georgia in October and was forced to retreat to Charleston, South Carolina. Unluckily, he was beaten back to Charleston and was surrounded.
1780 - He was forced to surrender to Lieutenant General Henry Clinton.
1787 - Was a member of the state convention that ratified the constitution.
1809 - He stayed active in public life in various capacities until his retirement.
1810 - He died in Hingham on the 9th of May.
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