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Benedict Arnold

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Military Personnel

The Resume

    (January 4, 1741-June 14, 1801)
    American Major General
    Commander of West Point

Why he might be annoying:

    He was arrogant, insubordinate and pompous.
    Although a major general, he was replaced by General Horatio Gates in the middle of the Battle for Saratoga.
    Gates called Arnold 'a pompous little fellow.'
    Arnold felt he should have rose in ranks much quicker and had disdain for his fellow officers and congress.
    As a widow, he threw social parties and met and married Margaret Shippen, she was 19 and half his age.
    He fell into financial ruin and his finances came under investigation by congress.
    He lost respect for congress and began to deal with the British.
    He promised to deliver West Point (for over $1,000,000 in today's money) to the British.
    His contact with British Major Andre was proved by the Americans, with many documents (in Arnold's handwriting) proving Arnold sold out to the British.
    Arnold, then out in the open joined the British forces and fought the Americans.
    After the war, he moved to Britain, and was held in contempt, even by the British.
    The British felt his treason to America was not out of principle but out of selfishness.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was an American Revolutionary War hero.
    He was wounded twice during the battles and rose to Major General and Commandant of Philadelphia (1778).
    He is the only General to fight for both the Americans and the British in a war.

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 15 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 30 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 29 Votes: 75.86% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 46 Votes: 45.65% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 23 Votes: 95.65% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 81 Votes: 53.09% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 169 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 239 Votes: 74.90% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 270 Votes: 89.26% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 336 Votes: 52.68% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 93 Votes: 43.01% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 732 Votes: 65.98% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 182 Votes: 80.77% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 97 Votes: 80.41% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 234 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 210 Votes: 74.76% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 180 Votes: 78.89% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 186 Votes: 73.12% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 449 Votes: 76.17% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 377 Votes: 69.76% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 715 Votes: 69.93% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 888 Votes: 69.93% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 2143 Votes: 78.81% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 5132 Votes: 60.31% Annoying