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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1870

Vol. III
p146
2319

(Born Md.)

William Russellº Quinan

(Ap'd Md.)

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Born Calvert County, MD.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1866, to June 15, 1870, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 15, 1870.

Served: in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., Sep. 30, 1870, to Aug., 1871, — Raleigh, N. C., to Nov. 10, 1872, — Sitka, Alas., Jan. to May 19, 1873,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, May 12, 1873)

Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), June 20, 1873, to Apr. 30, 1874, — Alcatraz Island, Cal., July 8 to Aug. 8, 1874, — Sitka, Alas., Aug. 16, 1874, to June 17, 1876, — Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., July‑Aug., 1876, — Point San José, Cal., Aug. 13, 1876 (detached service, Aug. 26 to Oct. 10, 1880), to Nov. 12, 1880; and on leave of absence, to Nov. 11, 1881.

Resigned, Nov. 11, 1881.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Vol. IV
p195
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — From Nov., 1881, to Sept., 1883, Superintendent California Vigorite Powder Co.; from Sept., 1883 to Jan., 1899, Superintendent Hercules Powder Works, Pinole, Cal. — Manager of South African Acid and Dynamite Factory to be located near Cape Town, from Jan., 1899 to ––––

Vol. V
p165
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — During the Spanish-American War in 1898, assisted the U. S. Engineers in preparing explosives for mining the harbors on the Pacific Coast, which, however, were not needed. — Engaged in Jan., 1899, by the Hon. Cecil J. Rhodes, Chairman of the De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., to go to South Africa and build an acid and dynamite factory near Cape Town. — Built factory during British-Boer war; began manufacturing explosives in July, 1903. — General manager of this factory, the Cape Explosive Works, P. O., Dynamite Factory, Cape of Good Hope, to –––––. Member Society of Chemical Industry. — Life Member American Chemical Society. — Life Member American Association for Advancement of Science. — Life member South African Association for Advancement of Science. — Member South African Association of Engineers, etc., etc.

Vol. VI
p147
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born May 17, 1848.)

Military History. —

First Lieut., 4th Artillery, May 12, 1873.

Resigned, Nov. 11, 1881.

Civil History. — Superintendent California Vigorite Powder Co., November, 1881, to September, 1883; at Pinole, Cal., Superintendent Hercules Powder Works, September, 1883, to January, 1899; during the Spanish-American War in 1898, assisted the U. S. Engineers in preparing explosives for mining the harbors on the Pacific Coast, which, however, were not needed; engaged in January, 1899, by the Hon. Cecil J. Rhodes, Chairman of the De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., to go to South Africa and build an acid and dynamite factory near Cape Town; built factory during British-Boer war; began manufacturing explosives in July, 1903; General Manager of this factory, the Cape Explosive Works, P. O., Dynamite Factory, Cape of Good Hope; member Society of Chemical Industry; life member American Chemical Society; life member American Association for Advancement of Science; life member South African Association for Advancement of Science; member South African Association of Engineers.

Died, Aug. 15, 1910, at Sydney, New South Wales: Aged 62.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1911.


Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Quinan's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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