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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1817

For a few words about Cullum's Register and the organization of the entries on this site, see the orientation page to the Register. The links below, to the individual entries, open in another window.

Augustus L. Roumfort: Commissioned a Marine out of West Point, resigned a year later; for 15 years he taught mathematics, superintended a military school, then joined the Army again, in Ordnance, followed by a career in politics and railroads.

James M. Spencer: Was appointed a Cadet for his gallantry as an enlisted man in the Battle of Tippecanoe. Twelve years in the Artillery; he fought in the First Seminole War.

Isaac A. Adams: Twelve years in the Artillery.

William M. Graham: served in the Seminole Wars; killed in the Mexican War, at Molino del Rey. Brother of the next.

James D. Graham: Astronomer and boundary commissioner who headed the U. S. teams in the demarcation of the borders with Canada, Texas, and Mexico. Brother of the preceding.

Charles Despinville: Twelve years in the Artillery, with some surveying; resigned to join the French army in France, and died two months later.

John C. Kirk: Six years in the Artillery, although two of them on leave of absence; resigned and died soon after.

John R. Vinton: Thirty years in the Artillery, seeing action in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, in which he was breveted for gallantry, then killed; but he was also an excellent painter and something of a polymath.

Richard B. Lee: Thirty years in the Artillery, he fought in the Second Seminole War.; Chief of Commissariat of the Pacific Division for nearly ten years.

Frederick L. Griffith: Fifteen years in the Artillery, including service in the First Seminole War.

Edward J. Lambert: Resigned after six years; civil engineer and politician in Alabama.

William Gibbs McNeill: One of America's first railroad engineers: for half his career, on loan from the Army to the railroad companies, then as a civilian outright.

Angus W. McDonald: Resigned after a year; fur trader for a while, then settled down as an attorney, but as an old man took up arms to defend Virginia in the War between the States.

Henry Berryman: Sixteen years in the Army in frontier posts in the Old Southwest, then a planter in Louisiana and Texas.

Constant M. Eakin: after 8 years in the Army, pursued a civilian career as an engineer mostly in the Philadelphia area.

John D. Orr: A patchy four-year career in the Army; died young.

Ethan A. Hitchcock: in addition to his military career, he wrote a number of esoteric works prefiguring the investigations of Carl Jung.

John M. Washington: Fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War; drowned in the wreck of the steamship San Francisco which was transporting his regiment to California.

Ambrose Madison: Commissioned a Marine; resigned after a year and was an attorney and state politician.

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