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Hylan B. LYON

American Hylan B. LYON

born Hylan Benton LYON

American officer in the United States Army until the start of the American Civil War

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on February 22, 1836 in Lyon County, Kentucky, USA
Died: on April 25, 1907 in Lyon County, Kentucky, USA


Lyon was born in what is now Lyon County, Kentucky, to a wealthy plantation family. He was a grandson of Congressman Matthew Lyon. Both of his parents died when was very young, and he inherited the estate. Lyon's guardian secured a good education for him, and he attended the Masonic University of Kentucky and Cumberland College. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy at the age of sixteen, graduating in 1856 as placing nineteenth in a class of forty-eight. He was brevetted as a second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Artillery Regiment and was assigned to duty at Fort Myers during the Third Seminole War.

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