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Henry S. Huidekoper

Born: Jul 17, 1839

Death: Nov 9, 1918

Birthplace: Meadville

Nationality: United States

Henry S. Huidekoper

Date of Birth : Jul 17, 1839
Date of Death : Nov 9, 1918
Birth Place : Meadville

Henry Shippen Huidekoper was a general from Pennsylvania in Union Army who received the United States military's highest decorations for bravery, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the American Civil War. After graduating from Harvard, he accepted a commission as an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. While fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded twice and had to have his arm amputated due to the wounds. For his actions during this battle, he was presented with the Medal of Honor. He attempted to rejoin the war, but was forced to resign due to his injuries, and accepted an appointment as a major general in the Pennsylvania National Guard instead. In 1877 Huidekoper was sent to help put an end to a severe railroad strike in Pennsylvania. He accepted a job as the postmaster of Philadelphia and worked for a few years in the telephone industry before becoming an overseer at Harvard College. He died in 1918 and is buried in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

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