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Benedict Arnold (1741–1801)


Benedict Arnold, patriot and traitor, was born on 14 January 1741 in Norwich, Connecticut. After service in the French and Indian War, he became a merchant in New Haven, where he helped lead the local branch of the Sons of Liberty. A talented soldier, he won acclaim during the Revolutionary War for his role in the Saratoga campaign, during which he suffered a serious leg wound. Yet bitter disappointment regarding promotion led him to participate in a 1779 conspiracy to cede West Point to the British. The plot failed, and Arnold joined his theretofore enemy.


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