Archibald Henderson

Archibald Henderson (1783 - 1859)

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Gen. Archibald Henderson
Born in Colchester, Fairfax County, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Died in Washington, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
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Categories: Commandants of the United States Marine Corps | United States Marine Corps Generals | United States Marine Corps, War of 1812.

Preceded by
Anthony Gale
5th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Succeeded by
John Harris


The 5th and longest serving Commandant of the Corps.

Known for his role in expanding the mission of the Marines to include expeditionary warfare and rapid deployment

Career officer, US Marine Corps, retired as Brigadier General

Saw action in the War of 1812

Burial: Congressional Cemetery Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA Plot: Range 55, Site 171[1]

United States Marine Corps Officer. Entering the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant in 1806, he saw action in the War of 1812, when he was promoted to Brevet Major. Serving as active Commandant of the Corps from 1818 to 1819, he was appointed Commandant in 1820, a post he held until his death in 1859, a total of 38 years. He volunteered the Marine Corps for service in the southern Indian wars in the 1830s and in 1837. In a battle on the Hatcheluskee River, he was brevetted Brigadier General and given command of a brigade that included two regiments of regular army troops and a Georgia militia regiment, as well as his own Marines.


  1. Find A Grave: Memorial #7007852 Archibald Henderson in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC, USA.

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