Who am I?

I lived a long successful life I did
Starting out was rough as a kid

I seemed to catch break at age thirty eight
Working under the governor sure was great

In '64 I dethroned a king
Shortly after, a shipyard and naval academy became a thing

My final moments were in '85
Nothing could be done about my demise

Before I left a truce was signed
My legacy lives on for all of mankind

Will add hints if needed

Hint #1

To be fair, the year thing may be very misleading and unfair. So I will tell you not to get too hung up in the 20th century. For all I know denoting a year like '85 can only be referred to the 20th century. So I'll throw this early hint to everyone.

Hint #2

I died at age 72

Hint #3 (Hopefully a good one!)

I was a military leader in the Qing Dynasty

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    $\begingroup$ Are the apostrophes after the numbers significant? As in 64 feet rather than 1964? $\endgroup$ – Josh Nov 24 '15 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ They denote a year, not feet or anything else. $\endgroup$ – Timmy Nov 24 '15 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ you'd put the apostrophes before the number then, i.e. '64 and '85. As with any other contraction, the apostrophe represents 'contracted' information, in this case, the "19" from each year. $\endgroup$ – dfperry Nov 24 '15 at 16:29
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    $\begingroup$ @dperry Thanks, fixed it. I'm surprised I ever passed 6th grade most days. $\endgroup$ – Timmy Nov 24 '15 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ A lot of things in your clues and hints point to this guy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Clinton,_1st_Earl_of_Lincoln $\endgroup$ – Albert Renshaw Nov 26 '15 at 10:03


Zuo Zongtang, or "General Tso"

The dates match (1812-1885), he was hired as an advisor to Zeng Guofan (governor) in 1850, dethroned Hong Tianguifu in 1864, "founded China's first modern shipyard and naval academy in Fuzhou" in 1866. He died shortly after a truce was signed in the Sino-French war.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you put what you've got for Ulysses S Grant? Died in 1885, beat Robert E Lee (King of Spades?) in 1864, looks very promising to me. $\endgroup$ – Fillet Nov 24 '15 at 19:27
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    $\begingroup$ There is also a famous ship called after Grant, captured from the Germans in 1917; the original name of the ship was "Konig Wilhelm II", that is "King William II". Ship + dethroned King, but the years do not match. $\endgroup$ – Gamow Nov 25 '15 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ Nope, too many missing holes, good guess though! $\endgroup$ – Timmy Nov 25 '15 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ @f'' Exactly! I thought of this eating at a Chinese buffet. I figured it would be tricky until I gave some solid hints. Haha $\endgroup$ – Timmy Nov 28 '15 at 0:04
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    $\begingroup$ I Love General Tso's Chicken, mmmm - fav. Chinese dish! $\endgroup$ – Albert Renshaw Nov 28 '15 at 4:27

I'm going to guess that you are the "House of York"

The title of the question is "You dare to eat me" - York peppermint patties.

You said you died at age 72 and you died in the year '85, so you must have been born in '13. The house of York rose to power from 1413-1485 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Badges_of_England

The house of York had many kings in place so I'm sure something happened in '65 probably.

Also the House of York overthrew the previous "House of Lancaster", which is another food product company (Lancaster) hinting towards "you dare to eat me" once more.

  • $\begingroup$ I like this one, but don't see where the references to the governor, naval academy or shipyard fit in $\endgroup$ – Irishpanda Nov 26 '15 at 16:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I do like this answer. But my third clue puts this in the wrong. ;) I also really like your Vienna Sausages comment on the OP. Haha $\endgroup$ – Timmy Nov 27 '15 at 16:01

I would guess the beatles.

1964 they "dethroned" Elvis

1985 their publishing rights were bought up by Michael Jackson

But this is far-fetched and i can't fit the age 38 into this.

  • $\begingroup$ Nope! But those are some neat facts I didn't know about! $\endgroup$ – Timmy Nov 24 '15 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ Also fits the title, "You dare to eat me", nice! $\endgroup$ – Albert Renshaw Nov 26 '15 at 9:51

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