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George Bethune English (7 Mar 1787 - 20 Sep 1828)
 
migration: Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA to Egypt to Washington D.C.
 
 
George Bethune English - bio 1
 
George Bethune English, an author and adventurer, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 7 Mar 1787. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1907 and was admitted to the bar, giving up the law for theology. In 1813 he published, "The Grounds For Christianity Examined" which was denounced by theologians.

After editing a county newspaper in the West, English became a lieutenant in the United States Navy and sailed to the Mediterranean. On reaching Egypt he was in due to resign and became an artillery officer in the Egyptian Army under the Pasha. English took part in the war with the Abysinnians in 1820, but the experience was unfortunate and he then became an agent of the United States in the Mediterranean area.

George English returned to the United States in 1827, but was unable to get another appointment. Some of his other published works are: "Five Stones Out of the Brook", "Letter to Mr. Channing Regarding His Two Sermons On Infidelity", and "An Expedition to Dongola and Semnaar". English died in Washington, D. C.

 
 
Source_bio 1:
ENGLISH FAMILY HISTORY
American Genealogical Research Institute
Heritage Press, Inc.
Washington, D.C.; 1978
 

 
George Bethune English - bio 2
 
George Bethune ENGLISH, adventurer and author, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 7 March 1787" died in Washington, D. C., 20 Sept., 1828. He was graduated at Harvard in 1807, and then studied law, but neglected his practice and turned his attention to theology. While studying Hebrew in Cambridge he began to doubt the truth of the Christian religion, which he attacked in a book entitled "The Grounds of Christianity Examined " (Boston, 1813). Edward Everett answered this in 1814, and in reply English wrote "Five Smooth Stones out of the Brook." Subsequently he edited a western paper for a time, and then sailed to the Mediterranean as a lieutenant of U. S. marines. On his arrival in Egypt he resigned his commission and joined Ismail Pacha in an expedition against Sennaar in 1820, winning distinction as an officer of artillery.
As an experiment, he revived the ancient scythe armed war chariot, which was destroyed by being driven against a stone wall in Cairo, and he also employed camels for dragging a cannon.

George English next became an agent of the U. S. government in the Levant, but in 1827 he returned to the United States and went to Washington, where he remained until his death.

Samuel L. Knapp, his friend, composed an ingenious epitaph recounting the incidents of his life. George English's genius was versatile, and he possessed remarkable facility for acquiring languages. Besides the works mentioned above, he published replies to William E. Channing's two sermons on infidelity (1813), and a "Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" (London, 1822; Boston, 1823).

 
Source_bio 2:
Edited Appletons Encyclopedia
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