Hamtramck in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Colonel John Francis Hamtramck
John Francis Hamtramck was a native of Canada who dedicated his life to the new American nation. Born in 1756, Hamtramck fought in the American Revolution. He distinguished himself during and after the war fighting both Indian and British forces. In 1787 he was made commander of Post Vincennes in the Illinois Territory. There Major Hamtramck was instrumental in negotiating a peace treaty with area Indians.
In 1793 Hamtramck was named lieutenant colonel in the forces led by General Anthony Wayne. The next year, Hamtramck was cited for bravery in Wayne's decisive victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers. In 1796 Hamtramck, a newly appointed colonel, was further honored when he was given command of the fort at Detroit which had previously been in British hands. Except for two years, he remained there until his death in 1803. In 1798, one of the four townships in Wayne County was named for this military hero.
Erected 1976 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S252.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 23.397′ N, 83° 3.175′ W. Marker is in Click for map. The marker is in Veteran's Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hamtramck MI 48212, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dodge Brothers / Dodge Main (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Florian Church / Saint Florian Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Detroit Association of Women's Clubs (approx. 1.9 miles away); Omega Psi Phi (approx. 2 miles away); Lewis College of Business (approx. 2 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Charles Lang Freer House / Merrill-Palmer Institute (approx. 2.1 miles away); Robert Pauli Scherer (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hamtramck.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian •
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