John B. Todd

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John B. Todd (1814-1872) - John Blair Smith Todd born 4 Apr 1814 in Lexington, Kentucky to John and Elizabeth (Smith) Todd. Died 5 Jan 1872 in Yankton County, South Dakota.

John B. Todd

Service dates: 1837–56, 1861–62. Todd graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, Class of 1837, 39th in his class of 50. As a Captain he was assigned to Company A of the 6th U.S. Infantry on November 22nd, 1843. He served as commissioned officer in the second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War. He was stationed at Fort Ripley (1), Minnesota and at Fort Pierre, in Dakota Territory during his career. Todd resigned his commission on September 16, 1856 to become a “sutler” near Fort Randall, Dakota. Todd was a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln and during the U.S. Civil War he was appointed by President Lincoln to the rank of brigadier general. After the war, he was elected the first delegate to congress from Dakota Territory. He died in Yankton County, South Dakota and is interred in Yankton Cemetery.

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