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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Tenth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12, 1879.

 p37  Monroe P. Thorington
No. 2,673. Class of 1877.
Died, Sept. 10th, 1878, at Ft. Keogh, M. T., aged 23.

Monroe P. Thorington was born in Davenport, Iowa, 17th December, 1854, and was the eldest son of the Hon. James Thorington, formerly a Member of Congress from that State, and for a number of years past the U. S. Consul at Colon-Aspinwall, South America.

Young Thorington entered the Military Academy in 1873, was graduated in June, 1877, and commissioned Second Lieutenant 5th Regiment of Infantry.

Having been selected as Assistant Instructor of Tactics at the Military Academy immediately after his appointment in the army, he only joined his regiment at Fort Keogh, Montana, a few months prior to his death.

He was detailed for "engineer duty" and ordered to accompany an expedition which was sent to the Little Missouri in August of that year; while on this duty he was taken ill with malarial fever, from which he died September 10th, 1878.

 p38  Lieutenant Thorington endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact by his singularly pure life, his modest and gentlemanly manners, and his noble principles.

(Maj. R. F. O'Beirne.)

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