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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III

(Born Mas.)

Albert H. Payson

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born Salem, MA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1864, to June 15, 1868, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1868.

Served: with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Oct. 1, 1868, to Aug. 28, 1869; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 28, 1869, to Aug. 28, 1872 (leave of absence in

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Jan. 6, 1870)

Europe, June 1 to Sep. 1, 1872); with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 12, 1872, to Jan. 26, 1874, being Battalion Quartermaster, Dec., 1872, to Jan. 26, 1874; as Assistant Engineer on the Public Works in Boston Harbor, Mas., Jan. 26, 1874, to May 5, 1875; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Instructor of Practical Military Engineering, May 17, 1875, to Mar. 7, 1877; as Assistant Engineer, under the orders of Lieut.‑Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stewart, and of the Pacific Board of Engineers at San Francisco, Cal., Mar. 19, 1877, to Mar. 19, 1883 (temporarily on Survey of Columbia River Bar, Aug. 11 to Nov. 19, 1878); as Assistant Engineer on Improvement of Coos Bay, Jan. 15 to July 13, 1880; as Engineer  p107 of Twelfth Light-house District, Mar. 8, 1882, to Nov. 30, 1887;

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1882)

and in charge of various River and Harbor Improvements and Surveys in Northern California, Aug. 10, 1884, to Nov. 23, 1887, — and of Improvement of Colorado River, Sep. 22, 1884, to Sep., 1886.

Resigned, Dec. 1, 1887.

Civil History. — Residence, San Francisco, Cal.

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

Civil History. — Residence, San Mateo, Cal.

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

Civil History. — Assistant to the President of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway System. — President Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co. — President Spring Valley Water Company. — Director Union Trust Co., of San Francisco, Cal. — Residence, San Mateo, Cal.

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

(Albert Henry Payson, Born Dec. 1, 1847.)

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1882.

Resigned, Dec. 1, 1887.

Civil History. — President of Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company to January, 1914, and since Vice-President and member of Executive Committee; President of Spring Valley Water Company, May 10, 1906, to July 31, 1908; and since Vice-President and member of Executive Committee; Director of Union Trust Company of San Francisco, of Nevada National Bank, of United Railroads of San Francisco, of California Street Cable Railway.

Residence, San Mateo, California.

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

Military History: —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1882.

Resigned, Dec. 1, 1887.

Died, Jan. 26, 1930, at San Mateo, Calif.: Aged 83.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1930.

Buried, St. Johns Cemetery, San Mateo, CA.

Thayer's Note:

a Capt. Payson's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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