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General William Howe



General William Howe
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     challenging words:    illegitimate, lieutenant, commander, military, command, society, member, wealthy, confidence, defeat, victory, army, provided, rumor, advantage, navy
     content words:    William Howe, King George, King George III, North America, Indian War, Both Richard, Bunker Hill, In October, General Thomas Gage, General Howe


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General William Howe
By Jane Runyon
  

1     William Howe was a member of a very wealthy family in England. Rumor has it that King George I was William's grandfather. Their grandmother, however, was not the king's wife. King George I provided financial support for his illegitimate family. They held a favored spot in English society. But, none of that family could ever sit on the throne of England. The cousin of William and his brother, Richard, became the king. He took the title of King George III.
 
2     William and Richard both chose a life in the military. They differed in their choices, however. Richard chose a career in the British navy. He became an Admiral who saw duty in the war against the colonists. William decided on a life in the army. William Howe was not a stranger in North America. He served in Quebec during the French and Indian War. He sided with the colonists on some of the questions they brought to King George about taxing. As a matter of fact, he and Richard voted against the force the king planned on using against the colonists. Both Richard and William held seats in Parliament and used their influence to help their friends in America.
 
3     As a member of the British army, it was William's duty to follow the orders of the king. He was sent to Boston in June of 1775 where he commanded the British troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill. In October of that same year, he replaced General Thomas Gage as commander of the all British forces in America.

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