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William Birney

Born: May 28, 1819

Death: Aug 14, 1907

Birthplace: Huntsville

Nationality: United States

William Birney

Date of Birth : May 28, 1819
Date of Death : Aug 14, 1907
Birth Place : Huntsville

William Birney was a professor, Union Army general during the American Civil War, attorney and author. An ardent abolitionist, he was noted for encouraging thousands of free black men to join the Union army. Birney was a son of prominent Southern abolitionist leader James G. Birney and the older brother of Civil War general David B. Birney. Another brother, James Birney, served as Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 1860. A cousin, Humphrey Marshall was a U.S. Congressman and a general in the Confederate States Army.

Parents


  • James G. Birney
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