12) Colonel Lewis W Washington

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12) Colonel Lewis W Washington

Great-Grandnephew of President George Washington Whose Life Story Might Surprise Some

Born: 30 November 1812, Washington D.C. (His Google Page wrongfully states Washington State), United States of America

Died: 1 October 1871, Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States of America

Besides being tied to our nation's first president, Major Washington is principally remembered for being a hostage during John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. After the raid ultimately failed, Major Washington would go on to testify against John Brown.

After the failed raid, Major Washington would go on to serve in the army of the Confederate States of America. He was twice married and had at least four children according to Find a Grave.

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