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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1844

Vol. II

(Born Ct.)

William Guyº Peck

(Ap'd Ct.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1840, to July 1, 1844, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 1, 1844.

Served: as Asst. Top. Engineer on Survey for the Military Defenses of Portsmouth harbor, N. H., 1844‑45, — and in Fremont's third Exploring Expedition through the Rocky Mountains, 1845; at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Feb. 25 to June 5, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, attached to the "Army of the West" under Brig.‑General Kearny; and at the Military

(Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, May 31, 1848)

Academy, 1847‑55, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 3, 1847, to Sep. 1, 1851, — and Principal Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 1,

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, Mar. 3, 1853)

1851, to Sep. 4, 1855.

Resigned, Oct. 2, 1855.

Civil History. — Elected Professor of Mathematics and Engineering, Kenyon College, O., 1855: declined. Professor of Physics and Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, Sep. 15, 1855, to July 1, 1857. Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, Columbia College, N. Y., July 1, 1857, to July 1, 1859; and Professor of Mathematics, July 1, 1859, to 1865, and of Astronomy, Jan. 10, 1861, to 1865. Degree of M. A. conferred by Trinity College, Ct., 1853, — and of LL. D., 1863. Professor of Mathematics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, Columbia College, New York city, since 1865. Member of the Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1868. Degree of Ph. D. conferred by Columbia College, 1877. Author of "Mathematical Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Mathematics," 1855, — of "Elements of Mechanics," 1859, — and of "Popular Physics," translated from the French of Ganot, 1859, — of a complete Course of Mathematics, viz.: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry, and Calculus, 1859‑78.

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

Civil History. — Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy in Columbia College, N. Y., 1861‑92; of Mechanics in the School of Mines, Columbia College, 1864‑92.

Died Feb. 7, 1892, at Greenwich, Ct.: Aged 71.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1892, for an obituary notice.

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