James Wilkinson (1757 – 1825) Patriot, general, spy: James Wilkinson was a consummate contradiction. At age twenty, the youngest general in the revolutionary Continental Army, serving with both Benedict Arnold and Aaron Burr. Following the Revolutionary War he founded Frankfort, KY in 1786 as a trade center to send local flour, whiskey, tobacco and hemp down the KY River, the Ohio and the Mississippi River to New Orleans. While serving as the commander of American military forces he was “Agent 13” in the Spanish secret service! He schemed with Aaron Burr in a conspiracy to break up the Union.
James Wilkinson (1757 – 1825)
Founder of Frankfort