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Major William Shute


Original Member, admitted 1783

Major William Shute
5th President of the New Jersey Society 1840-1841

9th Vice-President-General of the Society of the Cincinnati
In office
1839 — 1841
Preceded by Morgan Lewis
Succeeded by Horace Binney
8th Vice-President of the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati
In office
1838 — 1840
Preceded by Ebenezer Elmer
Succeeded by Joseph Warren Scott
5th President of the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati
In office
1840 — 1841
Preceded by Ebenezer Elmer
Succeeded by Ebenezer Elmer

William Shute began his service in the Revolutionary War as Captain and Paymaster in the 2nd Regiment of the New Jersey Line on November 28th, 1775 through April 2nd, 1778. He fought at the Battles of Crosswick’s Bridge, Short Hills, Germantown, and Monmouth.

In 1779, Shute served as acting deputy Commissary-General in Major General Sullivan’s Expedition against the Indians, and received a flesh wound at the Battle of Brandywine.

Reenlisting as Ensign and Paymaster in the 2nd Regiment on June 17th, 1780, he saw action in the Battles of Connecticut Farms and Springfield and was ultimately present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. He would later be retained in Cummings’ New Jersey Continental Battalion from April of 1783 through to November 3rd, 1783.

Shute served as Vice-President of the Society of the Cincinnati in New Jersey from 1838-1839 and as President 1840-1841. In the General Society, he served as Vice-President General 1839-1841.

Following the Revolution, Shute had been made Major of the 11th US Infantry on January 8th, 1799, then honorably discharged June 15th, 1800. Born in Elizabethtown, NJ on 9 Mar 1750 and died in New York, NY on 12 Aug 1841. Judge and Justice in New Jersey. Married Ann Hatfield Blanchard.


William Shute is currently unrepresented in the Society of the Cincinnati. Eligible descendants are encouraged to make inquiry regarding membership.

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