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, Prince George's County, in what was then the British Province of Maryland, Leonard Covington joined the United States Army as a Cornet in March 1792. He was promoted to Captain in 1794 and served in the Northwest Indian War (1785–1795) under Anthony Wayne, where he distinguished himself at Fort Recovery and the Battle of Fallen Timbers. He resigned from the military at the conclusion of the Northwest Indian War.

In 1809, Leonard Covington returned to the Army as Colonel of light dragoons, having served many years in the Maryland House of Delegates and in 1805–1807 as a Representative (Democratic-Republican Party) in the Ninth Congress.[1] He was in command at Fort Adams on the lower Mississippi River and participated in the December 1810 takeover by the United States of the Republic of West Florida, in today's Florida Parishes, Louisiana.[1][2][3] He served in the War of 1812, being 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 Mills, Franklin County, New York.

At the time of his death, Brig. Gen. Covington and his family were residents of Washington, the capital of the Mississippi Territory, in a home named Propinquity. It was built in 1810 near the military installation Fort Washington (originally Fort Dearborn),[4] where Covington commanded the Regiment of Light Dragoons.[5] Mrs. Leonard Covington was the former Rebecca Mackall, his first cousin and a relative of the family of General James Wilkinson.[6] The Covingtons had at least four children: Levin, Rebecca, Benjamin, and Edward.[7][8]

Places named after Covington[edit]


  1. ^ a b Leonard Covington's Congressional biography, retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ Leonard Covington in the Louisiana Historical Association's Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, accessed 14 April 2017.
  3. ^ Inside Northside magazine special issue, Covington 1813–2013, on Covington, Louisiana, pages 8-10; accessed 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ Fort Dearborn at NorthAmericanForts.com, retrieved 26 Feb 2017.
  5. ^ Kempe, Helen Kerr. The Pelican Guide to Old Homes of Mississippi: Vol. 1, Natchez and the South. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 1989, p. 75.
  6. ^ Mackall family descendancy chart showing Covington and Wilkinson kin, accessed on 9 December 2014.
  7. ^ Covington memorial on Find a Grave, accessed 10 December 2015.
  8. ^ One family tree on RootsWeb.Ancestry.com, accessed 10 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 94. 
  10. ^ Leeper, Clare D'Artois (2012). Louisiana Place Names: Popular, Unusual, and Forgotten Stories of Towns, Cities, Plantations, Bayous, and Even Some Cemeteries. LSU Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8071-4740-5. 

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