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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1833

Vol. I

(Born Ten.)

John A. Thomas

(Ap'd Ten.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1829, to July 1, 1833, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1833.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Wolcott, R. I., 1833‑34; at the Military Academy, 1834‑41, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Dec. 26, 1834,

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Dec. 1, 1835)

to Aug. 30, 1837, — as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 30, 1837)

Aug. 30, 1837, to July 28, 1840, — and as Principal Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, July 28, 1840, to Sep. 26, 1841; as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Wool, Sep. 4, 1841, to Aug. 1, 1842; at the Military Academy as Commandant of Cadets and Instructor of Infantry

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Nov. 19, 1843)

Tactics Sep. 1, 1842, to Dec. 14, 1845; and on leave of absence, 1845‑46.

Resigned, May 28, 1846.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, New York city, 1846‑53. Colonel, July 23, 1846, of the 4th Regiment, N. Y. Volunteers, raised for the War with Mexico, but not mustered into service. Brig.‑General, Staff — Engineer-in‑Chief of the State of New York, Jan. 1, 1853, to Nov. 24, 1854. Advocate of the United States at London, Eng., under the Convention of Feb. 8, 1853, with Great Britain, for the adjustment of American Claims, Apr. 19, 1953, to Jan. 15, 1854. Asst. Secretary of State of the United States, at Washington, D. C., Nov. 1, 1855, to Apr. 4, 1857.

Died, Mar. 26, 1858, at Paris, France: Aged 47.

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