George Izard

George Izard (October 21, 1776 – November 22, 1828) was a senior officer of the United States Army who served as the second governor of Arkansas Territory from 1825 to 1828. He was elected as a member to the American Philosophical Society in 1807.[1]

George Izard
2nd Governor of Arkansas Territory
In office
March 4, 1825  November 22, 1828
President James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Preceded by James Miller
Succeeded by John Pope
Personal details
Born (1776-10-21)October 21, 1776
Richmond, England
Died November 22, 1828(1828-11-22) (aged 52)
Little Rock, Arkansas Territory
Cause of death Gout
Resting place Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock


Nationality American
Political party Democratic-Republican Party
Elizabeth Carter Izard

(m. 1803)

Alma mater College of Philadelphia
  • Military engineer
  • politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch United States Army
Years of service 1795–1803
Rank Major-General
Wars War of 1812

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George Izard was born in Richmond, England, to Ralph Izard, who was a delegate to the Continental Congress and United States Senator from South Carolina, and Alice DeLancey, niece of New York GovernorJames DeLancey and a descendant of Stephanus Van Cortlandt and Gertrude Schuyler. He graduated from the College of Philadelphia (present-day University of Pennsylvania) in 1792. He attended military academies in England and Germany and received military engineering instruction in France.

Elizabeth Carter Izard

On November 4, 1794, Izard was commissioned a Lieutenant in the newly established U.S. Corps of Artillerists and Engineers. Returning from Europe, he was assigned to an engineer company at West Point, New York. From there, he was ordered to oversee the construction of Castle Pinckney in South Carolina.[2]

In January 1800, Izard became aide-de-camp to Army commander Alexander Hamilton. A few months later he was invited by William Loughton Smith, Minister Plenipotentiary to Portugal, to serve as his secretary, a position he accepted. He left Portugal the next year and returned to the United States. He officially resigned his army commission in June 1803.

In March 1812, Izard was appointed as Colonel of the newly organised 2d Artillery Regiment. He was promoted to Brigadier-General a year later, and served as Wade Hampton‘s second in command until his resignation, when Izard succeeded him. Promoted to Major-General in January 1814, he was in charge of the Northern Army protecting Lake Champlain, until ordered to reinforce the Army of Niagara. He was discharged in June 1815.[3]

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