Thursday, July 30, 2009
Margaret L. Worth Wife Of General Worth.
WORTH, WILLIAM JENKINS, military officer; born in Hudson New York, March 1, 1794; began life as a clerk in a store at Hudson, and entered the military service, as lieutenant of infantry, in May, 1813. He was highly distinguished in the battles of Chippewa and at Lundy's Lane, in July, 1814, and was severely wounded in the latter contest. He was in command of cadets at West Point from 1820 to 1828, and in 1838 was made colonel of the 8th United States Infantry. He served in the Seminole War from 1840 to 1842, and was in command of the army in Florida in 1841—42. He was brevetted a brigadier-general in March, 1842, commanded a brigade under General Taylor in Mexico in 1846, and was distinguished in the capture of Monterey. In 1847—48 he commanded a division, under General Scott, in the capture of Vera Cruz, and in the battles from Cerro Gordo to the assault and capture of the city of Mexico. He was brevetted major-general, and was presented with a sword by Congress, by the States of New York and Louisiana, and by his native county, Columbia. A monument was erected to his memory at the junction of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, New York City, by the corporation of that city. He died in San Antonio, Texas, May 17, 1849.
THIRTY-SECOND CONGRESS, 1853.
CHAP. XII.—An Act for the Relief of Margaret L. Worth.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be directed to place the name of Margaret L Worth, widow of the late Brevet Major-General Worth, on the pension roll, at the rate of fifty dollars a month, from the seventh day of May, eighteen hundred and forty-nine, for and during her natural life.
APPROVED, January 7, 1853.