Isaac Stevens

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Date of Birth March 25, 1818
Place of Birth Massachusetts
Date of Death Sep 1, 1862 (44)
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Isaac Stevens

Isaac Ingalls Stevens was an American career Army officer and politician, who served as governor of the Territory of Washington from 1853 to 1857, and later as its delegate to the United States House of Representatives. During the American Civil War, he held several Union commands. He was killed at the Battle of Chantilly, while at the head of his men and carrying the fallen colors of one of his regiments against Confederate positions. According to one account, at the hour of his death Stevens was being considered by President Abraham Lincoln for appointment to command the Army of Virginia. He was posthumously advanced to the rank of Major General. Several schools, towns, counties, and lakes are named in his honor. Descended from early American settlers in New England, Stevens – a dwarf who stood just 5.25 ft tall – overcame a troubled childhood and personal setbacks to graduate at the top of his class at West Point before embarking on a successful military career.

Born: Mar 25, 1818, North Andover, Massachusetts
Died: Sept 1, 1862, Chantilly, Virginia
Political party: Democratic
Spouse(s): Margaret Hazard Stevens
Relations: Oliver Stevens (brother)
Children: 5 (including Hazard Stevens)
Alma mater: United States Military Academy
Profession: Soldier
Succeeded by: LaFayette McMullen

About Isaac Stevens

The initial Governor of the Washington Territory, he also represented his constituency in the United States House of Representatives from 1857 until 1861. Also a Union Army soldier during the Civil War, he died at the Battle of Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Before Fame

He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1839 and subsequently joined the United States Army Corps of Engineers.


He was responsible for a number of controversial Washington Territory treaties that forced several Native American tribes to sign away their land rights.

Family Life

His marriage to Margaret Hazard Stevens produced four daughters and one son.


He was appointed Governor of the Washington Territory in 1853 by then-United States President Franklin Pierce.

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