Harmar, Josiah

Harmar, Josiah

(1753–1813) soldier; born in Philadelphia. Quaker-educated, he fought under Washington (1778–80) and on the southern front (1781–83) during the American Revolution. From 1784–91 he headed the new nation's one-regiment military establishment. His 1790 expedition against Indians in Ohio was a notable failure. Harmar resigned in 1792 and served as the Pennsylvania adjutant general from 1793–99.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.