ARMSTRONG, John, (father of James Armstrong and John Armstrong, Jr.
a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Brookbor, County Fermanagh,
Ireland, October 13, 1717; attended school in Ireland, and became a civil
engineer; immigrated to the United States and settled in Carlisle, Cumberland
County, Pa.; was presented a medal by the city of Philadelphia for destroying
the Kittanning Indian towns, September 8, 1756; rendered distinguished service
in the Continental Army, was commissioned a brigadier general in 1776, and
served until April 4, 1777; appointed a major general of the Pennsylvania State
Militia and served throughout the Revolutionary War, with the exception of the
term of his congressional service; Member of the Continental Congress
1779-1780; died in Carlisle, Pa., March 9, 1795; interment in Old Carlisle
BibliographyCrist, Robert G. John Armstrong, Sr.: Proprietary Man. Ph.D.
diss., Pennsylvania State University, 1981.