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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1869

Vol. III
p132
2284

(Born O.)

David Alexanderº Lyle

(Ap'd O.)

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Born Fairfield County, OH.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Oct. 17, 1865, to June 15, 1869, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 15, 1869.

Served: in garrison at Alcatraz Island, Cal., Oct. 1, 1869, to Feb. 2, 1870; Assistant Engineer on the Survey of Presidio Reservation, Cal., Feb. 2 to Apr. 23, 1870; on frontier duty at Ft. Wrangel, Alas., May 10 to Sep. 27, 1870, — and Sitka, Alas., Sep. 29, 1870, to May 7, 1871; on Lieut. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Wheeler's Exploring Expedition in Nevada and Arizona, June 23 to Dec., 1871, and in Office in Washington, D. C., to July 3, 1872; in garrison at the Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Aug., 1872; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 28, 1872, to Feb. 27, 1874, — as Principal Assistant Professor, Feb. 27, 1874, to July 1, 1875, — and as Asst. Professor, to Aug. 28, 1875;

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Nov. 1, 1874)

as Assistant Ordnance Officer at Benicia Arsenal, Cal., Oct. 18, 1875, to May 22, 1876, — and at Springfield Armory, Mas., June 10, 1876, to Oct. 2, 1882, being on Special Service, under the Treasury Department, experimenting with Life-saving Apparatus,b June 6, 1877, to May 27, 1879; as Inspector of Contract Arms, July, 1876, to May, 1882; on Foundry

(Captain, Ordnance, Aug. 23, 1881)

duty, as Inspector of Ordnance, at South Boston Iron Works, Oct. 2, 1882, to Feb., 1889, being on professional duty in Europe, Apr. 13 to June 20, 1886, and in connection with the Paris, France, Expedition, Oct. 1, 1888, to Nov. 9, 1889, receiving the Decoration of the Legion of Honor, Oct. 30, 1889; and as Member of various Ordnance Boards, 1879‑90.

Civil History. — Member of the Association for the Advancement of Science, 18–––. Author of various Professional Papers, 1878‑90.

Vol. IV
p188
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: On special service with the State Department as Military Assistant to the U. S. Commissioner-General at the Paris Expedition of 1889, from Oct. 1, 1888 to July, 1890. — Assistant Ordnance Officer at Sandy Hook Proving-Ground, Sept., 1890 to Nov., 1890; Inspector of Ordnance at Philadelphia, Pa., from Nov., 1890 to –––––; inspecting materials for field, siege, and sea‑coast cannon, carriages, and projectiles for sea‑coast defenses, at various works. — Served during Spanish-American war, April 21, 1898 to Aug. 12, 1898, preparing armament for national defense.

(Major, Ordnance, April 7, 1899)

— Inspecting Life-Saving Apparatus for Department of Marine and Fisheries of the Dominion of Canada, Sept., 1890 to ––––

Civil History. — Collaborator of the Century Dictionary. — Student Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1883‑84, when he was graduated and received the degree of Sc. B., "Bachelor of Sciences in Mining Engineering;" Member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers; Member (1879) and Fellow (1880) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Vice-President of the Alumni Association of p189the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1888‑89. — Author of many articles on professional and scientific subjects.

Vol. V
p159
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Inspector of Ordnance at Philadelphia, Pa., from Nov., 1890 to Jan. 15, 1902. — Inspecting Life-Saving Apparatus for Department of Marine and Fisheries of the Dominion of Canada, Sept., 1900 to 1901. — Acting Assistant Quartermaster, Acting Commissary, Disbursing Officer, Ordnance Storekeeper, Recruiting Officer, etc., from Jan., 1902 to Dec., 1905.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance, Jan. 21, 1904)

— Armament Officer of Southern Armament District, comprising the South Atlantic and Gulf Coasts from Jan. 24, 1902 to Nov. 6, 1908. — Chief Ordnance Officer, Department of the Gulf from Jan. 15, 1904 to Nov. 6, 1908.

(Colonel, Ordnance, March 26, 1907)

— Commanding Augusta Arsenal, Ga., from Jan. 24, 1902 to Nov. 6, 1908. — On leave from Nov. 17, 1908 to Jan. 21, 1909; member of Board on Life-Saving Appliances from Jan. 3, 1882 to –––––.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired Jan. 21, 1909, by operation of law.

Vol. VI
p140
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Jan. 21, 1845.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Ordnance Department, March 26, 1907.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 21, 1909,
By Operation of Law.

Member of Board on Life-Saving Appliances, Jan. 3, 1882, to ––––– (this Board was under the Life-Saving Service from Jan. 3, 1882, to Jan. 28, 1915, when it was consolidated with Revenue Cutter Service to constitute U. S. Coast Guard. It operates under the Treasury Department in time of peace and under the Navy Department in time of war.)

Civil History. — Special Department Editor on Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary of the English Language, edition of 1913.

Vol. VII
p96
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, Ordnance Department, Mar. 26, 1907.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 21, 1909,
By Operation of Law.

Member of Board on Life-Saving Appliances since Jan. 3, 1882 (this Board was under the Life-Saving Service from Jan. 3, 1882, to Jan. 28, 1915, when it was consolidated with Revenue Cutter Service to constitute U. S. Coast Guard. It operates under the Treasury Department in time of peace and under the Navy Department in time of war.)

Decoration: Legion of Honor, France, 1889.

Civil History: — Special Department Editor on Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Dictionary of the English Language, edition of 1913.

Vol. VIII
p44
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Jan. 21, 1909.

Died, Oct. 10, 1937, at St. Davids, Pa.: Aged 92.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1938.º

Buried, Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA.


Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Lyle's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b The life-saving device he invented, the Lyle gun — a cannon for shooting lines to a ship in distress, as for example in the 1919 rescue of the James by U. S. Coast Guard cutter Marietta — is what Col. Lyle is chiefly remembered for today.


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