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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

Thomas W. Symons

(Ap'd Mich.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1870, to June 17, 1874, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1874.

Served: with the Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1874, to Aug. 8, 1876; as Assistant Engineer on Explorations west of the 100th Meridian under Lieutenant Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Wheeler, Aug. 16, 1876, to June 27,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 2, 1878)

1879; as Engineer Officer of the Department of the Columbia, July 16, 1879, to Nov. 21, 1882, being engaged in selecting sites for new posts, constructing Military Roads, preventing outbreak of Sauk and Shagit  p223 Indians, making Surveys and Inspections, on Courts Martial, and various other duties, etc.; on duty with the Mississippi River Commission, Dec. 28, 1882, to June 7, 1883, — and under the State Department for Mexican Boundary Reconnoissance, June 18 to Dec. 15, 1883; and as Assistant Engineer of Washington Aqueduct, Dec. 15, 1883 (under Secretary

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 2, 1884)

of the Interior for duty at Hot Springs, Ark., Mar. 8‑30, 1885), to June 5, 1886, — and to the Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia, June 5, 1886, to –––––.

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

(Thomas William Symons)

Military History. — In charge of works of river and harbor improvement in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, to Oct., 1895; Station, Portland, Ore.

(Major of Engineers, March 31, 1896)

— From Oct., 1895 to Jan., 1899, in charge of river and harbor works in western New York and Pennsylvania; Station, Buffalo, N. Y. — From July 1, 1898 to Jan., 1899, Engineer 10th Lighthouse District. — During 1896‑97, made examination and report of problem of Ship Canal from the Great Lakes to the Sea.

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

Military History. — From July 1, 1898 to April, 1903, Engineer 10th Lighthouse District; during 1896‑97, made examination and report on problem of Ship Canal from the Great Lakes to the Sea; 1899 to 1900, member of N. Y. State Commission to examine and report on whole subject of N. Y. State Canals; appointed by Governor, (since President) Roosevelt in 1901, director and member Executive Committee of Pan‑American Exposition in Buffalo, N. Y.; from April, 1903 to June, 1904, in charge of Public Buildings and Grounds, and Military Aide to President Roosevelt, Washington, D. C.

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Engineers, June 11, 1904)

— By authority of Special Act of Congress, April 20, 1904; on leave of absence from June 2, 1904 to July, 1908; member of Advisory Board of Consulting Engineers on New York State Canal improvements, for which the state has appropriated $101,000,000.

(Colonel of Engineers, May 8, 1908)

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired July 28, 1908,
at his own request; over 30 Years Service.º

— Residence, Washington, D. C.

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

(Thomas William Symons, Born Feb. 7, 1849.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 8, 1908.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 28, 1908,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

After retirement, resided in Washington, D. C.

Died, Nov. 23, 1920, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 71.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1921.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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