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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

William A. Norton

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1827, to July 1, 1831, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1831.

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1831.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 30, 1831, to Sep. 30, 1833, and was, while on leave of absence, engaged in the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war.​a

Resigned, Sep. 30, 1833.

Civil History. — Acting Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, University of the City of New York, 1833‑38. Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Delaware College, Newark, Del., 1839‑50, — and President of the same College, 1850. Professor of Natural Philosophy and Civil Engineering, Brown University, R. I., 1850‑52; and of Civil Engineering, Yale College, Ct., 1852‑53. Author of an "Elementary Treatise on Astronomy," 1839, — of "First Book of Natural Philosophy," 1858, — and of several Memoirs on Terrestrial Magnetism, and other scientific subjects. Degree of A. M. conferred by the University of Vermont, 1842. Member of several scientific associations, 1844‑83, — and author of various Scientific Papers, 1868‑79. Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1873, Professor of Civil Engineering in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale College, Ct., 1852‑83.

Died, Sep. 21, 1883, at New Haven, Ct.: Aged 73.

Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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