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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1887

Vol. III

(Born Mas.)

Michael Josephº Lenihan

(Ap'd Mas.)


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

Add. Second Lieut., 25th Infantry, June 12, 1887.

Second Lieut., 20th Infantry, Aug. 25, 1887.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., Sep. 28, 1887, to Aug. 18, 1889; and at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Sep. 1, 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to June 17, 1891 (Graduate, 1891). — At Washington, D. C., Nov., 1891 to April, 1892; at Davids Island, N. Y. H., April 1 to Dec. 10, 1892; at Fort Assinniboine, Mont., Jan. 6 to Aug. 21, 1893. — Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Seton Hall College, South Orange, N. J., Aug. 29, 1893

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 19th Infantry, Nov. 27, 1894)

(Transferred to 2d Infantry, Dec. 8, 1894)

to Aug. 29, 1897; at Fort Keogh, Mont., Feb. 1 to Dec. 18, 1898; at Camp Shipp, Anniston, Ala., Dec. 21, 1898 to –––––;​a1

(Captain of Infantry, 25th Infantry, March 2, 1899)

(Regimental Quartermaster, June 4, 1899.)

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Assinniboine, Mont., Sept., 1887 to Aug., 1889;​a2 Camp Shipp, Anniston, Ala., Savannah, Ga., and in Cuba, Dec. 21, 1898 to May 5, 1899; in Philippine Islands, Aug. 1, 1899 to July 17, 1902; at Washington, D. C., Sept. 1 to Nov. 3, 1902.

(Regimental Commissary, Jan. 22, 1903)

— At Fort Niobrara, Neb., Jan. 25, 1903 to July 8, 1906; at San Antonio, Fort McIntosh and Austin, Texas, July 11 to Aug. 20, 1906.

(Captain, General Staff Corps, Aug. 16, 1906)

— At Washington, D. C., Aug. 31, 1906 to –––––.

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

(Born May 2, 1865.)

Military History. —

Captain, 25th Infantry, March 2, 1899.

At San Antonio, Fort McIntosh, and Austin, Texas, July 11 to

(Captain, General Staff Corps, Aug. 16, 1906)

Aug. 20, 1906; at Washington, D. C., Aug. 31, 1906, to

(Major, 7th Infantry, March 3, 1911)

April, 1911; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., April, 1911, to February, 1913; at Galveston, Texas, to May, 1913;

(Transferred to 2d Infantry, July 1, 1913)

in Hawaiian Islands, July, 1913, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, July 1, 1916)

October, 1916; at Washington, D. C., at Army War College, October, 1916, to

(Colonel, 60th Infantry, May 15, 1917)

June, 1917; at Gettysburg, Pa., July to August, 1917; at Camp Mills, Long Island, N. Y., August to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

October, 1917; in France commanding 42nd Division, American Expeditionary Forces, from November, 1917;​b Campaigns, Lunéville, St. Clément, Baccarat, February to June, 1918; Champagne, July, 1918; Ourcq River, July‑August, 1918; St. Mihiel, September, 1918; Argonne-Meuse, October to Nov. 11, 1918; commanding 153rd Infantry Brigade, 77th Division, Nov. 2, 1918, to May 9, 1919; at Camp Devens, Mass., May 24 to

 p483  (Returned to Grade of Colonel, June 30, 1919)

Aug. 5; at Washington, D. C., on duty in Adjutant-General's office, Aug. 6, 1919, to May 31, 1920; at Newport, R. I., at Naval War College, June 1, 1920, to ––––

Awarded insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor and

Croix de Guerre, with three Palms

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

Military History: —

Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

Returned to Grade of Colonel, June 30, 1919.

At Newport, R. I., at Naval War College, June 1, 1920, to May 31, 1921; Army Instructor, Naval War College, Aug. 15, 1921, to May 31, 1924; at New York City, N. Y., Chief of Staff, XII Army Corps, June 1, 1924, to Oct. 10, 1925;

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 11, 1925.

at Fort Sheridan, Ill., commanding 12th Brigade, Nov. 7, 1925, to Mar. 16, 1928;º at Chicago, Ill., commanding 6th Corps Area, Oct. 24, 1926, to Mar. 9, 1927; at Fort Lewis, Wash., commanding 3rd Division, Mar. 26, 1928, to Mar. 26, 1929;

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, May 2, 1929,
By Operation of Law.

Awarded insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre with three Palms.

Civil History: — LL. D. College of the Holy Cross, Mass., 1925

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., May 2, 1929.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Brig Gen Ret 2 May 29

Civil History: — Walnut Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia 39 Pa

Died Aug. 13, 1958, Philadelphia, PA: Aged 93.​c

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 Sic. The information is garbled; I've been unable so far to restore it. A partial correction to Vol. V is clear enough: it should read "Sept., 1897 to Aug., 1899"; but the bigger problem remains: Vol. IV and Vol. V are contradictory; one or both must be in error.

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b Casting about for a source from which to correct the Register's obvious garble ("St. Clermont"), I found it in Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War (American Expeditionary Forces: Divisions), Vol. 2, Publication 23‑2, Center for Military History, United States Army (Washington, D. C., 1988), in the section on the 42d Division, pp272‑287 — which starts with the Commanders: among whom Michael J. Lenihan is at no time listed as a Division Commander, but from Aug. 21, 1917 to Oct. 19, 1918 (except for eleven days in January, 1918) as Commander of the 83rd Infantry Brigade.

The Division Commanders are listed there, p272, as:


Sept 5

Maj Gen Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.William A. Mann

Dec 19

Maj Gen Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Charles T. Menoher


Nov 10

Brig Gen Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Douglas MacArthur

Nov 22

Maj Gen Clement A. F. Flagler


Mar 28

Brig Gen George G. Gatley (ad interim)

Apr 10


Apr 28

Maj Gen George W. Read

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c Gen. Lenihan died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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