Isaac Stevens

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Isaac Stevens

First Governor of Washington Territory, a United States Congressman, and a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War until his death at the Battle of Chantilly add

Category: Military

Born in 1818.

Countries: United States (60%), Massachusetts (20%), Washington (20%)

Main connections: Franklin Pierce, United States Congress, Idaho

Linked to: Union Army, United States Army, United States Congress, United States Military Academy




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Isaac Stevens was born in 1818 add something


Stevens was born and raised in Massachusetts, leaving his home state for the United States Military Academy at West Point in the late 1830s add something


He graduated in 1839, at the top of his class, and served for a number of years with the Army Corps of Engineers add something


He superintended fortifications on the New England coast from 1841 until 1849, when he assumed command of the coast survey office in Washington, D. C., serving in that role until March 1853 add something


Having been a firm supporter of Franklin Pierce's candidacy for President of the United States in 1852, Stevens was rewarded by President Pierce on March 17, 1853 by being named governor of the newly-created Washington Territory add something


Chief Garry - On October 17, 1853, Garry met with Isaac Stevens, the newly appointed Governor of Washington Territory


University of Washington - In 1854, territorial governor Isaac Stevens recommended the establishment of a university in Washington


Montana - In 1855, Washington Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens negotiated the Hellgate treaty between the United States Government and the Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and the Kootenai people of western Montana, which established boundaries for the tribal nations


As a result of this public perception, Stevens was popular enough to be elected the territory's delegate to the United States Congress in 1857 and 1858 add something


The tensions between the whites and the Native Americans would be left for others to resolve—Stevens is often charged with responsibility for the later conflicts in eastern Washington and Idaho, especially the war fought by the United States against Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce, but these events were decades away when Isaac Stevens left Washington for good in 1857 add something


First Battle of Bull Run - When the Civil War began in 1861, following the Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run, Stevens was commissioned in the Army again add something


He became a brigadier general on September 28, 1861, and fought at Port Royal add something

Isaac Stevens died in 1862 add something


In March 1863, he was posthumously promoted to major general, backdated to July 18, 1862 add something


Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 1993 add something


Documents of United States Indian Policy, Lincoln, NE, USA: University of Nebraska Press 2000 add something


In 2016, the then-chairman of the Suquamish Nation said that while Stevens may "have rushed the treaties and that the process had other flaws, their more positive impacts are felt every day in modern tribal life" add something