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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1821

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

Edward C. Ross

(Ap'd Pa.)


Edward Coke Ross: Born May 23, 1800, Milford, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 7, 1817, to July 1, 1821, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1821.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1821.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, July 23, 1821, to June 5, 1824; as Instructor Mathematics at the Artillery School for Practice, Ft. Monroe, Va., June 5 to Oct. 6, 1824; at the Military Academy, 1824‑33, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Oct. 6, 1824, to Oct. 4, 1825, — and as Principal Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Oct. 4, 1825, to Nov. 23, 1833; in garrison at Ft. Gratiot, Mich.,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Nov. 27, 1826)

1834, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1834‑35; on Engineer duty, Oct. 3 to Dec. 9, 1835; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1835‑36; in Operations in Creek Nation, 1836; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836‑38, being engaged in the Combat of Locha-Hatchee, Jan. 24,  p269 1838; in Cherokee Nation, 1838, while transferring the Indians to the West; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1838; and in the Florida War, 1838‑39.

Resigned, July 31, 1839.

Civil History. — Professor of Mathematics, Kenyon College, Gambier, O., 1840 to 1848. Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Free Academy, New York city, Nov. 1, 1848, to May 16, 1851. Translator, from the French, of Bourdon's Algebra, 1831. Degree of A. M., conferred by Geneva College, N. Y., 1842; and of LL. D., by Kenyon College, O., 1849.

Died, May 16, 1851, at New York city: Aged 50.

Thayer's Note:

a The birth data are from a memorial address given by Robert Kelly on July 22, 1851; its thirty-five pages include further biographical details and especially a rather good character sketch. For a warm and detailed portrait of him, see F. H. Smith, "West Point Fifty Years Ago"; Prof. Rickey's site has some slight additional information.

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