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Edward Davis Townsend
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Edward D. Townsend
Born (1817-08-22)August 22, 1817
Boston, Massachusetts
Died May 10, 1893(1893-05-10) (aged 75)
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial
Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington DC
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1837–1880
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Brevet Major General
Commands held Adjutant General of the U.S. Army
Battles/wars Second Seminole War
American Civil War
Indian Wars
Relations Elbridge Gerry (grandfather)

Edward Davis Townsend (August 22, 1817 – May 10, 1893) was Adjutant General of the United States Army from 1869 to 1880.

The son of David S. & Eliza (Gerry) Townsend and grandson of Vice President Elbridge Gerry, Townsend was educated at Boston's Latin School before graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1837. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Second U. S. Artillery and served as that regiment's adjutant and participating in the Second Seminole War and the relocation of the Cherokee Nation. In 1846 he was transferred to the Adjutant General's Corps and assigned to duty in Washington, D.C. He served on the Pacific coast from 1851 to 1856, after which he returned to Washington for the remainder of his career. In February 1869 he was promoted to brigadier general and became adjutant general. Townsend retired in 1880. He died in Washington in 1893 after an accidental shock from a cable car and is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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