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General Richard Montgomery was the first American general to die in battle, falling at the Battle of Quebec during the American Revolution in 1775. A year later, a county in Maryland was named for him - Montgomery County.

There are more than 800 plaques throughout Montgomery County commemorating people, places, and facts in history, but not one for the county's namesake - until now, that is. Along East Jefferson Street in Rockville, not far from Richard Montgomery High School, stands a plaque honoring the General.

A few years ago, Stuart Grosvenor, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School, was given an assignment, and he knew right away his topic would be the General.

"I knew I would be going to Richard Montgomery High School," said Grosvenor. "So I wanted to know who Richard Montgomery was."

During his research, he discovered while there was a high school in Montgomery's name, there was no historical marker anywhere in the county. So Grosvenor sent an application to the Maryland Historical Trust, and the rest, as the Trust would know so well... is history.

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