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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1891

Vol. III

(Born W. Va.)

Jay Johnson Morrow

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Fairview, WV.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 16, 1887 to June 12, 1891, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to

(Add. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 12, 1891)

Served: At Willets Point, N. Y. (Engineer School and with Company of Engineers), from Sept. 30, 1891 to Jan. 4, 1894. — As (Adjutant, Battalion of Engineers), Jan. 4, 1894

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Feb. 3, 1895)

to Sept. 9, 1895. — At U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., as Instructor in the Department of Practical Military Engineering, from Sept. 9, 1895

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 26, 1896)

to Sept. 5, 1896. — At Washington, D. C., under the immediate orders of Lieutenant-Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Charles J. Allen, Corps of Engineers, from Sept. 5, 1896 to Aug. 20, 1898. — At U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., as Instructor in the Department of Civil and Military Engineering, from Aug. 21, 1898 to March, 1901.

(Major, 3d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, Sept. 15, 1898)

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, Oct. 6, 1898)

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

Military History. —

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 2, 1901)

— At Willets Point, N. Y., in command of Company G, 2d Battalion of Engineers, March to June, 1901; en route to Philippine Islands and in Manila, Zamboanga, and in Lake Lanao expedition, in command of Company G, 2d Battalion of Engineers, to July 1, 1903; (Chief Engineer Officer, Department of Mindanao and Jolo, Sept. 20, 1901 to July 1, 1902; Military Governor, Province of Zamboanga, Nov. 1, 1901 to May 27, 1902); at Manila, in Office of Generals G. W. Davis and J. P. Wade, July 5, 1903 to Sept. 27, 1903; at Washington, D. C., as Assistant to Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia, Nov. 25, 1903 to May 2, 1907; Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia, from May 2, 1907 to –––––.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 31, 1908)

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

(Born Feb. 20, 1870.)

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 2, 1901.

At Washington, D. C., Assistant to Engineer Commissioner, District of Columbia, Nov. 25, 1903, to May 2, 1907; Engineer Commissioner of District, May 2, 1907, to

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Jan. 31, 1908)

Dec. 22, 1908; in charge of Washington District Engineer Department to March 16, 1910; at Portland, Oregon, in charge of 1st Portland Engineer District from March 21, 1910; detached temporarily as Chairman Alaska Railroad Commission, September, 1912, to March, 1913; detached temporarily to take Field Officers' Course, Army Service Schools, Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Jan. 1, 1915, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, March 11, 1915)

April 1, 1915; left Portland for Panama Canal Zone, Aug. 1, 1915; in Canal Zone, Assistant to Engineer of Maintenance and Engineer and Maintenance, Panama Canal, Aug. 21, 1915, to

(Colonel, Temporary, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 31, 1917; en route to Vancouver Bks., Wash., to Sept. 10, 1917; at Vancouver Bks., commanding 4th Engineers, to Dec. 22, 1917; at Camp Greene, N. C., commanding regiment to April 21, 1918; en route to France, April 30 to May 11, 1918; commanding 4th Engineers and Division Engineer, 4th Division, to June 18, 1918; Chief Engineer, 1st Army, June 19 to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, June 26, 1918)

Oct. 23, 1918; (in engagements Château Thierry to Vesle River, July 27 to Aug. 11; in reduction of St. Mihiel Salient, Sept. 12 to 15; in Verdun-Argonne Offensive, Sept. 26 to Oct. 23, 1918); Chief Engineer, 3rd Army, Oct. 23 to Nov. 16; Deputy Chief Engineer, American Expeditionary Forces, to Dec. 19, 1918; en route to U. S., Dec. 24 to 30, 1918; at Camp Humphreys, Va., commanding Camp, Jan. 2 to May 20, 1919;

(Returned to Grade of Lieut.‑Colonel, May 20, 1919)

in Panama Canal Zone, Engineer of Maintenance of Panama Canal, May 31, 1919, to ––––

Officer of the Legion of Honor (French), for services in France.

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

Military History. —

Lieutenant-Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 11, 1915.

Brigadier-General, National Army, June 26, 1918.

Returned to Grade of Lieutenant-Colonel, May 20, 1919.

In Panama Canal Zone, Engineer of Maintenance of Panama Canal, May 31, 1919, to

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Apr. 2, 1920.

Mar. 27, 1921; Governor, Panama Canal, from Mar. 28, 1921;

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 5, 1922,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

continued as Governor, Panama Canal, to Oct. 15, 1924; U. S. Member and Chairman, Special Commission on Boundaries, Tacna Arica Arbitration,​b Mar. 27, 1925, to May 31, 1929.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Officer of the Legion of Honor, French.

Civil History: — Director, Cuba Cane Sugar Co., 1926 to 1930; Member Board of Directors, Panama Railroad Company, 1928 to 1930.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Aug. 5, 1922

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 2, 1930.

Died, Apr. 16, 1937, at Englewood, N. J.: Aged 67.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1938.º

His ashes were scattered over the Chagres River, Panama.

Thayer's Notes:

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

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b In 1879 Chile and Peru fought a border war over the nitrate-rich areas of Tarapacá, Tacna and Arica. Chile won the war, and by the Treaty of Ancón (1883) the status of the latter two areas was to be settled by plebiscite in 1893. The matter dragged on, however, for several years: the arbitration by the United States — the principal Commission (the Special Commission was a sub-commission) was chaired by Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John J. Pershing until January 1926, then by Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.William Lassiter — was toward the end of the process, which ultimately led to the cession of those provinces to Chile. For the war, see Galdames, History of Chile, ch. 15, passim; the literature is given in the Bibliographical Notes.

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