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Prescott, William

William Prescott, 1726–95, American Revolutionary officer, b. Groton, Mass. He saw service in the French and Indian Wars. In the American Revolution, he fortified (1775) Breed's Hill for the colonists and was prominent in the subsequent battle that was erroneously called the battle of Bunker Hill. Later he served around New York City (1776) and in the Saratoga campaign (1777).

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Prescott, William Hickling

Prescott, William Hickling (1796–1859) US historian. An expert on the Spanish conquests in America, his vigorous prose and solid scholarship placed him among the first rank of historians. His most famous works are A History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843) and A History of the Conquest of Peru (1847).

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