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David Wooster

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David Wooster (17101777) was an American military leader from Connecticut. He served as both and naval and army leader. He saw duty as a naval officer in the War of Jenkins' Ear and the expeditions against Fortress Louisbourg in King George's War. He became a colonel in the Connecticut militia, and held that rank during actions in the French and Indian War.

Although he initially hoped to avoid armed rebellion, at the outtbreak of the American Revolutionary War, he led his unit as a part of the Continental Army, and in 1775 the Congress named him one of the Brigadier Generals. He served in the Invasion of Canada before resigning his Continental commission in 1776.

In 1777, he was serving as a Major General of Connecticut’s militia within the state. While repelling William Tryon’s attack on Danbury, Connecticut on April 26, he fell mortally wounded, and died in Danbury on May 2, 1777.

His memory is commemorated in New Haven by Wooster Street and Wooster Square.

Also, a small liberal arts school in Danbury, Connecticut bears his name -- Wooster School.

The city of Wooster (home of The College of Wooster), in northeastern Ohio (once part of Connecticut's "Western Reserve"), was also named after David Wooster.

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