Henry Dearborn

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Henry Dearborn
5th United States Secretary of War
In office
March 5, 1801 – March 4, 1809
President Thomas Jefferson
Preceded by Samuel Dexter
Succeeded by William Eustis
Personal details
Born February 23, 1751
North Hampton, New Hampshire
Died June 6, 1829
Roxbury, Massachusetts

Henry Dearborn (February 23, 1751June 6, 1829) was an American physician, statesman and veteran of both the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

He represented this district as a Democratic-Republican in the Third and Fourth Congresses (1793-1797). In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him Secretary of War, a post he held for eight years until March 7, 1809.

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Lewis and Clark, appointed by Thomas Jefferson, named the Dearborn River in west-central Montana after Dearborn in 1803. Dearborn County, Indiana, Dearborn, Michigan and Dearborn, Missouri were also named for him, as was Fort Dearborn in Chicago, Illinois.

His son, Henry A. S. Dearborn, was a Congressman in 1831-1833.