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Hiram Cronk

Born: Apr 29, 1800

Death: May 13, 1905

Birthplace: Frankfort

Nationality: United States

Hiram Cronk

Date of Birth : Apr 29, 1800
Date of Death : May 13, 1905
Birth Place : Frankfort

Hiram Cronk was the last surviving veteran of the War of 1812 at the time of his death. Born in Frankfort, New York, Cronk enlisted with his father and two brothers on August 4, 1814. He served with the New York Volunteers in the defense of Sackett's Harbor, and was discharged November 16, 1814. For his service, he received a pension of $12 per month. In 1903, the United States Congress increased it to $25 per month. He also received a special pension of $72 per month from the State of New York. Cronk spent most of his life working as a shoemaker. He married Mary Thornton in 1825, with whom he had seven children. At the time of his death he had 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He died in Ava, New York in May 1905 at the age of 105. After his death, his body was displayed in the main lobby of New York City Hall. An estimated 925,000 people paid their respects. He is interred in the Mount of Victory, Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

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