Sir William Howe, by C. Corbett, circa 1777.
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Formal portrait of Sir William Howe, by C. Corbett, in formal military dress.

Credit: Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library.

An illegitimate descendant of King George I, Sir William Howe (1729-1814) was the British commander in America from October 1775 until May 1778. In 1777.  Howe led the British invasion of Pennsylvania and occupation of Philadelphia.

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