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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1874

Vol. III

(Born Va.)

Orin B. Mitcham

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Lynchburg, VA.​a

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., 4th Artillery, June 17, 1874.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Canby, Wash., Sep. 30, 1874, to Mar. 21, 1876, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), May 1 to Oct. 15, 1876, — Charleston, S. C., Oct. 20 to Nov. 17, 1876, — Washington Arsenal, D. C., Nov. 19, 1876, to Feb. 5, 1877, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), Feb. 6 to Mar. 28, 1877; at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Spanish, Mar. 28, 1877, to June 29, 1878, — Assistant Instructor of Artillery Tactics, Apr. 14, 1877, to June 18, 1878, — Assistant Professor of French, Aug. 28, 1878, to Aug. 28, 1881, — and Assistant Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 28, 1878, to Aug. 28, 1881; as Assistant Ordnance Officer

(First Lieut., Ordnance, June 23, 1879)

at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Oct. 1, 1881, to Nov. 16, 1883; as Chief Ordnance Officer of the Department of the Platte and in command of Cheyenne Ordnance Depot, Wy., to Sep. 2, 1886; and at the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Ordnance and Gunnery, Sep. 1, 1886, to –––––.º

Captain, Ordnance, June 17, 1888.

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

Military History. — As Assistant Inspector of Steel at the Midvale Steel Works, Philadelphia, Pa., from Aug. 28, 1890 till Nov. 11, 1892. — Assistant at the Watervliet Arsenal, West Troy, N. Y., till July 30, 1894. — Assistant at the Rock Island Arsenal from Aug. 1, 1894 to ––––

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

Military History. — Assistant at the Rock Island Arsenal from Aug. 1, 1894, to April 30, 1899; Inspector of Powder and High Explosives and in charge of the manufacture of smokeless powders, from May 1, 1899, to Aug. 1, 1902; in command of the United States Powder Depot, Dover, N. J., and Inspector of Powder and High Explosives, from Aug. 1, 1902, to April 20, 1907.

(Major, Ordnance Department, Feb. 17, 1903)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance Department, June 25, 1906)

— Assistant at Watervliet Arsenal, New York, from May 25, 1907, to Oct. 1, 1907; on duty at and in command of the New York Arsenal, Governors Island, Armament Officer, and Inspector of Ordnance, from Oct. 1, 1907 to ––––

(Colonel, Ordnance Department, January 21, 1909)

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

(Orin Burlingame Mitcham, Born July 25, 1853.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance Department, June 25, 1907.

At New York Arsenal, Governor's Island, New York Harbor, commanding Arsenal; Chief Ordnance Officer, Eastern Department; Armament Officer and Inspector of Ordnance, Oct. 1, 1907, to

(Colonel, Ordnance Department, Jan. 21, 1909)

July 25, 1917.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 25, 1917,
By Operation of Law.

Placed on active duty on day following retirement, to assume above duties.

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

Military History. —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 25, 1917,
By Operation of Law.

At New York Arsenal, Governor's Island, New York Harbor, commanding Arsenal, Chief Ordnance Officer, Eastern Department and Armament Officer and Inspector of Ordnance to Apr. 1, 1919.

Relieved from active duty and returned to retired list, Apr. 1, 1919.

Civil History: — Personnel Director, General Motors Export Corp., 1919 to 1922; Director and Secretary, Melpomene Realty Corp., 1922 to 1929; Director and Treasurer, P. J. Tiernay Sons, Inc. 1927 to 1929; Director, Pierce Oil Corp., since 1929; Vice President, Hoyt Avenue Gardens, Inc., since 1929.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., July 25, 1917.

Civil History: — Director of the Pierce Oil Co., and Vice President of the Hoyt Avenue Gardens, Inc., 1929 to 1934.

Died, Aug. 20, 1934, at Governors Island, N. Y.: Aged 81.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1935.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Mitcham's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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