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William Ranney


William Tylee Ranney was born on May 9, 1813, in Middletown, Connecticut. At a young age he was living with an uncle in North Carolina and apprenticed to a tinsmith. By 1833 he was living in Brooklyn, studying painting and drawing. After the battle of the Alamo he enlisted and served with Capt. Henry A. Hubbel. He went to Texas to participate in the Texas Revolution. In total he served nine months, after his service he remained in Texas, producing a large number of drawings. Ranney moved back to Brooklyn in 1838 has work was exhibited at the National academy of Design.