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Benedict Arnold

To this day "Benedict Arnold" can be used as an American synonym for "traitor."
  general who betrayed the U.S. in the Revolutionary War and whose name is, to this day, synonymous with the word traitor (1741-1801)
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In 1780 Benedict Arnold’s plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled. Some think he switched sides because he was convinced the revolution would fail. Others think he needed funds and was bitter that he had been passed over for promotion and that other officers took credit for some of his outstanding military accomplishments early in the war.
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  • To this day "Benedict Arnold" can be used as an American synonym for "traitor."
  • I thought you were supposed to be Benedict Arnold in that play
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Captain Benedict Arnold.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • "Benedict Arnold is engaged upon other business," said the stranger, with a glower.
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  The Devil and Daniel Webster

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  • We have had Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, Jefferson Davis, and now we have James W. Grimes.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • If Nolan had compared George Washington to Benedict Arnold, or had cried, "God save King George," Morgan would not have felt worse.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • Benedict Arnold—the Appalachee general—had fortified the city.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • An American assault on Quebec led by Colonels Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold had failed.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The army Washington had sent across the Maine wilderness under Benedict Arnold to attack Quebec had been defeated.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Led by an aggressive Connecticut colonel named Benedict Arnold, they were to advance on Quebec across the Maine wilderness, taking a northeastern route up the Kennebec River.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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  • The capture of Fort Ticonderoga from the British by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and a handful of Green Mountain Boys earlier in May had been sensational news, but the fort and its captured artillery were abandoned.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • This act was done deliberately, because the traitor, like Benedict Arnold, loved money better than he did principle, friends, honor and his country, all combined.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • In September General Benedict Arnold had conspired to commit treason, to turn over the fortress at West Point to the British, and when found out, defected to the enemy.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Through the years of the war Sewall hadtaken heart from every American defeat, every report of dissension in the American army, and from the news of Benedict Arnold’s return to his proper allegiances.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It stinks, but I’m Benedict Arnold.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • You’ve heard of General Benedict Arnold, I expect?
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • The traitor Benedict Arnold led a sudden, daring raid on Richmond, and with the advance of spring, the British under Cornwallis swept through the state almost at will, scattering the legislature to the hills and very nearly capturing the governor.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Sam was with Benedict Arnold’s troops.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • You want to be Benedict Arnold, don’t you?
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • The New York Herald predicted: "They will be fortunate if their names do not go down into history bracketed with that of Benedict Arnold."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • At tea following church, another guest would recount, topics of conversation could range from religion, politics, and literature, to Mrs. Siddons, Shakespeare, and Benedict Arnold.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • …of harboring a fugitive slave in his cellar and writing his sermons with a sword over his ink stand and a pistol in his desk "loaded and ready for defense," denounced Webster in merciless fashion from his pulpit, an attack he would continue even after Webster’s death: "No living man has done so much," he cried, "to debauch the conscience of the nation…… I know of no deed in American history done by a son of New England to which I can compare this, but the act of Benedict Arnold."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Benedict Arnold [6] , John Hancock [5] , Patrick Henry [5] , Paul Revere [5] , Thomas Paine [6] , John Paul Jones [8]
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