Daniel Tyler
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Born: January 7, 1799(1799-01-07)
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Died: November 30, 1882 (aged 83)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Brigadier General
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Battles: American Civil War
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Daniel Tyler (January 7, 1799 – November 30, 1882) was an iron manufacturer, railroad president, and one of the first generals of the American Civil War.

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Tyler was born in Brooklyn, Connecticut to Daniel Tyler (May 21, 1750 – April 29, 1832) and Sarah Edwards Tyler (July 11, 1761 – April 25, 1841). He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1819. He resigned his commission in May 1834 and became an iron manufacturer, developing blast furnaces and rolling mills. He was the president of the Norwich and Worcester Railroad and the Macon and Western Railroad. Later, Tyler served as the superintending engineer of the Dauphin and Susquehanna Railroad and the affiliated Allentown Railroad, and became president and engineer when the former was reorganized as the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad.

At the start of the Civil War, Tyler volunteered to be an aide-de-camp to Brig. Gen. Robert Patterson in April 1861. He served briefly as the colonel of the 1st Connecticut Infantry regiment. He was appointed Brig. Gen. in the Connecticut Militia and commanded a division in Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell's Army of Northeastern Virginia, with which he fought in the First Battle of Bull Run. Though he has been assigned a substantial portion of the blame for the Union disaster at Bull Run,he was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers on March 13, 1862. He was sent to the west and commanded a brigade in the Army of the Mississippi for a short time during the Siege of Corinth. Afterwards he commanded the Harper's Ferry Defenses and later the Department of Delaware.

He resigned his commission in April 1864 and moved to New Jersey, then to Alabama. He founded an Anniston iron manufacturing company and was president of the Mobile and Montgomery Railroad.

Tyler died in New York City and is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Anniston, Alabama.

Tyler's granddaughter, Edith Carow Roosevelt would later become First Lady of the United States after her marriage to Theodore Roosevelt. His nephew, Robert O. Tyler, was also a general in the Union Army.

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