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Jeffery Amherst Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

JEFFERY AMHERST
Born: Circa 1717
Died: August 3, 1797
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Jeffery Amherst (1717-1797) was a British army officer during the War of the Austrian Succession (began 1741) and the Jacobite Rebellion (1745). He commanded the British armies in North America during the French and Indian War, capturing Ticonderoga (1759) and Montreal (1760). He was Governor General of North America (1760-1763). Elevated to the peerage in 1776, he at first declined a command of the forces attempting to suppress the American Revolution because he had many friends fighting on the other side. Later, he agreed to accept command, but only if the much larger force he deemed necessary were dispatched to North America. Instead, he was tasked with defending the home island against a feared French invasion. When Britain went to war again in 1793, this time against revolutionary France, Amherst commanded the British Army from 1793 until his 1795 retirement. Amherst, Massachusetts, is named for him, as are many other towns. Amherst College calls its sports teams the Lord Jeffs.

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