STEPHEN MOYLAN (1737 – April 11, 1811) was an Irish American patriot leader during the American Revolutionary War . He had several positions in the Continental Army including Muster-Master General, Secretary and Aide to General George Washington , 2nd Quartermaster General , Commander of The Fourth Continental Light Dragoons and Commander of the Cavalry of the Continental Army .
In January 1776, he wrote a letter using the term "United States of America", the earliest known use of that phrase.
* 1 Early life * 2 Revolution * 3 Later life and family * 4 References * 5 External links
Stephen Moylan was born to a prominent
Moylan joined the American
Continental Army in 1775 and was appointed
Muster-Master General on August 11, 1775. Although his experience in
the shipping industry afforded the United States a well qualified ship
outfitter, who would help fit out the first ships of the Continental
Navy . On March 5, 1776, he became secretary to General George
Washington . He was promoted to
Moylan was appointed to command the
4th Continental Light Dragoons ,
also known as MOYLAN\'S HORSE, on January 3, 1777, at
In the campaign of 1779 Col. Moylan and the 4th Dragoons would be
Pound Ridge, New York
He was rewarded for his service by being breveted to brigadier general on November 3, 1783.
LATER LIFE AND FAMILY
Moylan was married to Miss Mary Ricketts Van Horne on September 12, 1778, and had two daughters, Elizabeth Catherine, and Maria. His two sons died as children. Stephen Moylan died in Philadelphia, April 11, 1811, and is buried there in St. Mary\'s Churchyard .
* ^ "Who Coined the Phrase ‘United States of America’? You May Never Guess". New York Historical Society.