Profession: Military Leader
Why Famous: Lincoln served as a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
In this position he oversaw three major surrenders: of the British at Saratoga, of the Americans at Charleston, and of the entire British force in America at Yorktown.
After the war he served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.
- 1777-02-14 US Congress commissions Benjamin Lincoln a major general in the Continental Army
- 1780-05-12 American General Benjamin Lincoln surrenders Charleston to the British (Revolutionary War)