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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1887

Vol. III

(Born Mich.)

George O. Squierº

(Ap'd Mich.)


Born Dryden, MI.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1883, to June 12, 1887, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 12, 1887.

Served: in garrison at Fort McHenry, Md., Sep. 30, 1887, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort McHenry, Md., to Mar. 9, 1893; also taking a course of instruction at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., in electric engineering, May, 1890, to March, 1893; with battery at Fort Barrancas, Fla., to April 12, 1893; at Fort McPherson, Ga.,

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 3d Artillery, June 30, 1893)

to Oct. 10, 1893; attending Electrical Congress at Chicago, Ill., Aug. 12 to Sept. 2, 1893; with Battery C, 4th Artillery, at Fort McHenry, Md., Oct. 12, 1893 to June 6, 1894; on leave to Sept. 1, 1894; under instruction at the Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va., Sept. 1, 1894 to Nov. 8, 1895; Instructor in the Department of Electricity and Mines, at the Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va., to April 26, 1898; at Governor's Island, N. Y., as Signal Officer, Department of the East, April 27

(Captain and Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers, May 20, 1898)

to June 25, 1898, Chief Signal Officer, 3d Army Corps, June 27

(Lieut.‑Colonel and Chief Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers,
July 18, 1898)

 p442  to Oct., 1898; on duty in office of Chief Signal Officer, Washington, D. C.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, Dec. 7, 1898)

(First Lieut., Signal Corps, Feb. 23, 1899)

(Captain and Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers, April 17, 1899)

(on leave in Europe, May 17 to Aug. 11, 1899), to ––––

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

Military History. — Unknown, no information having been received.

(Captain, Signal Corps, Feb. 2, 1901)

(Major, Signal Corps, March 2, 1903)

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

(George Owen Squier, Born March 21, 1865.)

Military History. —

First Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 30, 1893.

Lieut.‑Colonel, Chief Signal Officer, U. S. Vols., July 18, 1898.

Honorably Discharged From Volunteer Service, Dec. 7, 1898.

First Lieut., Signal Corps, Feb. 23, 1899.

Captain, Signal Officer, U. S. Vols., April 17, 1899.

At Washington, D. C., in office of Chief Signal Officer, to Aug. 13, 1900; at New York City, in charge of Cableship Burnside, Aug. 15 to Sept. 25, 1900, and en route to and in vicinity of Philippines, Sept. 26, 1900, to

(Captain, Signal Corps, Feb. 2, 1901)

April 9, 1902; en route to U. S., on leave of absence, and return to Philippines, April 10 to Sept. 26, 1902; at Manila, Superintendent of Telegraph Lines, Sept. 27, 1902, to

(Major, Signal Corps, March 2, 1903)

May 29, 1903; en route to U. S. and on leave of absence, May 30 to July 10, 1903; at San Francisco, Cal., Signal Officer, Department of California, July 11, 1903, to July 31, 1905; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Assistant Commandant, Army Signal School, Aug. 5, 1905, to Mar. 8, 1911; at San Antonio, Tex., commanding Field Battalion, Signal Corps, and Chief Signal Officer, Maneuver Division, March 11 to July 13, 1911;  p455 at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief Signal Officer, July 17, 1911, to May 19, 1912; at London, England, Military Attaché, June 1, 1912, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Signal Corps, March 17, 1913)

May 6, 1916; at Washington, D. C., in charge of Aviation Section, Signal Corps, May 18, 1916, to Feb. 13, 1917;

(Brigadier-General, Chief Signal Officer, Feb. 14, 1917)

Chief Signal Officer, Feb. 14, 1917, to

(Major-General, Chief Signal Officer, Oct. 6, 1917)


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service. As Chief Signal Officer he has demonstrated scientific attainments of the highest order. His researches and contributions to the scientific equipment of the Signal Corps are noteworthy. The Signal Corps under him has been an extremely progressive and efficient organization."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Brigadier-General, Chief Signal Officer, Feb. 14, 1917.

 p252  At Washington, D. C., Chief Signal Officer, Feb. 14, 1917, to

Major-General, Chief Signal Officer, Oct. 6, 1917.

Dec. 31, 1923.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 31, 1923,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Decorations: — Knight Commander, St. Michael and St. George, Great Britain; Commander, Order of the Crown, Italy; Commander, Legion of Honor, France; Elliott Cresson gold medal; Franklin medal, Philippine Insurrection; Spanish American War.

Civil History: — Researches: Electrochemical effects due to magnetization; the polarizing photochronograph; the sine wave systems of telegraphy and ocean cabling; the absorption of electro-magnetic waves by living vegetable organisms; multiplex telephony and telegraphy, over open circuit bare wires laid in the earth or sea. Inventor of the monophone for broadcasting over telephone wires, also wired wireless, 1910. War Department Representative and technical advisor to American delegation at International Conference on Electrical Communications, Paris, 1921; designated an expert assistant to Am. Commrs. at Conference on Limitation of Armament, Washington, 1921; ex‑officio member representing War Department, of United States National Commission, International Electrotechnical Commission. Member National Academy of Sciences; Fellow of London Physical Society; Fellow of American Institute of Electrical Engineers; Member of American Physical Society; Fellow of American Institute of Radio Engineers; Member of American Philosophical Society; Member the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Degrees: Ph. D., Johns Hopkins University, D. Sc., Dartmouth College.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Dec. 31, 1923.

Died, March 24, 1934, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 69.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1934.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Squier's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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