People of Detroit:
Hugh Brady was born at Sandingstone, Pennsylvania on July 29, 1768. His parents were Captain (in the 12th Pennsylvania Regiment of the Revolutionary Army) John and Mary Brady. In October of 1805, he married Sarah Wallis. The couple had 6 children: Sarah, Samuel Preston, Mary Laithy, Elizabeth Hall, Jane, and Cassandra.
Brady had a long, distinquished miliatary career. In 1792, General George Washington appointed Brady to the rank of Ensign in General Wayne's Army. In 1794, he was promoted to Lieutenant in the same. In 1799, President Adams promoted Brady to the rank of Captain. Around this time, Brady took a break from the army and tried to make a living as a farmer near Pittsburgh. In 1807, Brady moved to Northumberland after his farming career proved unsuccessful. In 1812, Thomas Jefferson gave Brady a new commission and he became activ ein the army once again. Before long, Brady was in command of the 22nd Regiment of Infantry. During the Battle of Lundy's Lane, he was wounded and rendered out of commission for the rest of the war. In 1819, he was transferred to Sackett's Harbor, New York, and the 2nd Infantry. In 1822, he was promoted to Brigadier-General. In 1828, he commanded the troops at Detroit. In 1837, he was made head of the Military Department and set-up the department's headquarters in Detroit. During his seven-year command of the Military Department, Brady oversaw the uprooting of many Native American tribes, and work to try to end the Patriot's War. During the Mexican War, the aging Brady helped raise and equip troops for the war effort. In 1848, he was promoted to the rank of Major-General.
Brady died on April 15, 1851.