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The text that follows is reproduced from (the report of the) Fiftieth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 10th, 1919.

 p38  Joseph Franklin Cummings
No. 2638. Class of 1876.
Died March 30, 1912, at Washington, D. C.,
aged 60 years.

Joseph F. Cummings entered the Academy July 1, 1871, and was graduated June 14, 1876. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant, 10th Cavalry, and served continuously on frontier duty in Wyoming, Nebraska, Dakota and Arizona, until 1884. He was in engagement with hostile Indians on Crow Creek, Black Hills, capturing their village, February 23, 1877, and later in same year participated in movement resulting in capture and death of the Indian Chief, Crazy Horse. He was dismissed, February 15, 1884, for financial irregularities. He was in Mexico, 1884‑86; a teacher at Galveston, Texas, 1886‑88; superintendent of public schools at Brownsville, Texas, 1888‑1898; Captain of Company A, 1st Regiment Texas Volunteer Guard, 1888, winning medal for best Captain at interstate drill at Austin, Texas, May 1, 1888; resigned July 1888; Captain of Brownsville Rifles, Company C, 1st Regiment, Texas Volunteer Guard, March 1889, winning prize flag for best disciplined company at interstate drill at Galveston, May 1889 company disbanded 1890. He was inspector of customs for Brownsville, 1899‑1900; proprietor of the "Border News" of Brownsville to 1902; purser of the steamship Manteo to 1902; assisted as civil engineer in building the Galveston seawall, 1902‑1903; principal of school in Galveston, 1903‑4; employed in U. S. Engineer Department, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1904‑06; principal of public school in Greenbackville, Va., and taught school at Tappahannock, Va. He bought the Plaza Hotel in Washington, D. C., and managed it until his death, which occurred March 30, 1912, as a result of an operation for cancer of the stomach.

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