The Rich History of American Legion Post 10 in Fort Washington, PA

William Boulton Dixon

aboutusFollowing World War I, a group of veterans met at the rectory of St. Thomas Church in Fort Washington, PA. The old “Auger Mill” became the home of the American Legion Post in 1930. They applied to the state headquarters for a temporary chapter under the name of Whitemarsh Post and were given the designation of American Legion Post No. 10. They later decided to adopt the name William Boulton Dixon Post No. 10 to honor the late local hero of World War I. William Boulton Dixon was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Princeton University in 1915. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war and was commissioned a first lieutenant. Dixon was killed by a direct hit of a German field gun near Thiaucourt, France, on October 17, 1918. William’s brother, Fitz Eugene Dixon, married Eleanor Widener. There is a rich history related to Post #10 with the Dixon, Boulton, and Widener families. The current location was purchased for the post in 1936 by the Dixon family and donated to the Home Association to serve as the post headquarters. After several years of relatively slow growth and then a bit of physical neglect, the post is undergoing a revitalization initiated by former Commander Harry J. Gobora and currently under the leadership of Gobora and Home Association Chairman Ted McLaughlin. Significant repairs have been completed and major renovations of the post are ongoing. The American Legion Post #10 is situated on the crest of Fort Hill, directly north of a small Revolutionary fort. The hill directly behind the post headquarters was used as an encampment site for soldiers of the Continental Line who were manning the small fort next to our southern boundary, as well as other militia units. The post is planning an archaeological survey and dig in the next few years. June 2021  Major Lawrence E. Swesey (ret.)  Post # 10 Historian

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