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Jan. 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.

January 14, 1741
Birth of a Traitor
Benedict Arnold was born in Connecticut on January 14, 1741. He rose from captain to general during the Revolutionary War. After he death of his first wife, he married the daughter of a Loyalis sympathizer. Before long he was spying for the British and plotting to hand over West Point. His plans discovered, he managed to escape capture and began fighting openly for the British. After the British surrendered, Arnold and his family went to England.
Today, Benedict Arnold is synonymous with the word traitor.

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