Leonard Covington

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Leonard Wailes Covington (October 30, 1768 – November 14, 1813) was a United States Army Brigadier General and a member of the United States House of Representatives.


Born in Aquasco, Maryland, Covington joined the Army as a Cornet in March 1792. He was promoted to Captain in 1794, and served in the Northwest Indian War under Anthony Wayne, where he distinguished himself at Fort Recovery and the Battle of Fallen Timbers. He resigned in 1795, but returned to the Army as Colonel of light dragoons in 1809. He served in the War of 1812, and was promoted to Brigadier General in August 1813. Covington was mortally wounded in the Battle of Crysler's Farm and died three days later at French's Mills, New York.

Places named after Covington[edit]

Covington, Virginia; Covington, Louisiana; Fort Covington, New York; Covington, Kentucky;[1] Covington, Georgia; Covington, Ohio; Covington County, Alabama; Covington, New York; Covington, Pennsylvania; Covington, Tennessee and Covington County, Mississippi, are named after him.

Covington Theological Seminary, Rossville, GA


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 94. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter Bowie
U.S. Congressman, Maryland's 2nd District
Succeeded by
Archibald Van Horne