William McKee Dunn

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William McKee Dunn
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William M. Dunn
Born(1814-12-12)December 12, 1814
Hanover, Indiana
DiedJuly 24, 1887(1887-07-24) (aged 72)
Dunn Loring, Virginia
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1863–1881
RankUnion Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands heldJudge Advocate General of the Army
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Indian Wars
Other workU.S. Representative

William McKee Dunn (December 12, 1814 – July 24, 1887) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Hanover, Jefferson County, Territory of Indiana, Dunn attended school in the first schoolhouse in Hanover. He was graduated from Indiana College in 1832 and from Yale College in 1835. He subsequently studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1837. He then established a legal practice. Dunn served as member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1848. He was delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1850.

Dunn was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses. He served from March 4, 1859, until March 3, 1863. He served as chairman of the Committee on Patents (Thirty-seventh Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress.

Civil War[edit]

During the early part of the American Civil War, in addition to his congressional duties, Dunn served in the Union Army as a volunteer aide-de-camp to General George B. McClellan from June 19, 1861, to August 1861, in the campaign in western Virginia.

Following his unsuccessful bid to remain in Congress, Dunn accepted a military commission from the Governor of Indiana, fellow Republican Oliver P. Morton. He was a major and judge advocate general in the Department of the Missouri from March 13, 1863, until July 6, 1864. He was appointed lieutenant colonel and Assistant Judge Advocate General of the United States Army on June 22, 1864. At the end of the war, he was brevetted as a brigadier general dating from March 13, 1865.

Postbellum career[edit]

Following the Civil War, Dunn stayed in the Regular Army. He was promoted to brigadier general and Judge Advocate General on December 1, 1875. He retired from the army on January 22, 1881.

He died at his summer residence, "Maplewood," in Dunn Loring, Fairfax County, Virginia, on July 24, 1887. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "William McKee Dunn (id: D000554)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-19

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Hughes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry W. Harrington