William Howe

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Sir William Howe (1729-1814) was a British military officer and politician, most notable for his role as commander-in-chief of the British army during the initial years of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Despite several significant victories, including the captures of New York City and Philadelphia, he was unable to decisively defeat the Continental Army and resigned in April 1778.

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  • 10 Aug 1729 - 12 Jul 1814
    Life of Sir William Howe, commander-in-chief of the British army during the initial years of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 18 May 1778
    A 13-hour fete, the Mischianza, is held in Philadelphia by the British army to mark the departure of General Howe; it the largest party of the American Revolution.
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