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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

William H. C. Bartlett​a

(Ap'd Mo.)


William Holmes Chambers Bartlett: Born Sep. 10, 1804.​b

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1822, to July 1, 1826, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1826.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1826, to Apr. 20, 1836.

 p365  Served: at the Military Academy, 1827‑29, as Principal Asst. Professor of Engineering, Aug. 30, 1826, to Apr. 21, 1827, — and as Principal Asst. Professor of Engineering, Apr. 21, 1827, to Aug. 30, 1829; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of Ft. Monroe, Va., 1828, — and of Ft. Adams, Newport harbor, R. I., 1829‑32; as Assistant to the Chief Engineer at Washington, D. C., 1832‑34; and at the Military Academy, as Acting Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Nov. 22,

(Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Military Academy, Apr. 20, 1836)

1834, to Apr. 20, 1836, and Professor, Apr. 20, 1836, to Feb. 14, 1871​c

Retired from Active Service, Feb. 14, 1871, on his own Application, after Forty Years of Continuous Service.

Civil History. — Degree of A. M., conferred by New Jersey College, Princeton, N. J., 1837; and of LL. D., by Geneva College, N. Y., 1847. Author of a "Treatise on Optics," 1839; of "Synthetical Mechanics," 1850‑58; of "Acoustics and Optics," 1852‑59; of "Analytical Mechanics," 1853‑59; and of "Spherical Astronomy," 1855‑58, — all designed for the use of the Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy. Member of several scientific associations, 1840‑65; and Corporator of the National Academy of Sciences since Mar. 3, 1863. Actuary of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, 1871‑89; and Author of "Mortuary Experience of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, from 1843 to 1874."

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

Retired officer; actuary N. Y. Mutual Life Insurance Company to 1889.

Died at Yonkers, N. Y., Feb. 11, 1893: Aged 89.

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1893, for an obituary notice.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a The father of William C. Bartlett, Class of 1862.

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b Prof. Bartlett's full name is from his AOG obituary; his birthdate is from his tombstone, q.v.

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c It was under Bartlett's impetus that the West Point astronomical observatory was founded in 1841, making it one of the earliest observatories in the country. Some details are given in his AOG obituary, linked above.

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