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Benjamin Tallmadge, Jr. (1754 – 1835) was an officer of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He also organized the spy circle, the Culper Ring, under the orders of General George Washington in the summer of 1778, during the British occupation of New York at the height of the war.

At the end of the war, he became a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Biography

Benjamin was born in New York in 1754 and later moved to Connecticut at some point before the American Revolution.[1] Despite his father, Benjamin Tallmadge, Sr., being an Assassin, Benjamin chose not to join the Brotherhood, saying that he hoped to have a family someday and that living in two worlds was not ideal. However, he did help the Order as much as he could, and maintained correspondence with the Colonial Mentor, Achilles Davenport.[2]

When he discovered that the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton had uncovered a plot to kill George Washington, he helped him gather evidence by leading him to a group belonging to a counterfeiting ring, orchestrated and led by Thomas Hickey, the latter of which were printing false paper money. Fortunately, as they were passing by a market, a seller yelled at one man for using counterfeit money, whom Connor chose to tail.[2]

After both Connor and Hickey had been arrested and imprisoned, Benjamin insured that Hickey would remain in Bridewell Prison by using his position in the government to publicly accuse Hickey of the assassination plot. The following investigation worked as planned, but Hickey was ultimately pardoned.[2]

A few days later, Benjamin was standing beside Israel Putnam as the General ordered the Patriots to stand down after Connor had stopped Hickey from killing Washington. However, Connor chose to depart for Philadelphia, stating that Hickey did not act alone.[2]

After the war, Benjamin returned to Connecticut, where he became a merchant - and politician. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1801.[1]

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