William Edward Pattison French


William Edward Pattison French attended St. Paul’s School from 1867 to 1869 and is a member of the Form of 1873.

His obituary appeared in the Spring 1940 issue of the Alumni Horae (pg. 37), and is excerpted below:

Major William Edward Pattison French, U.S.A., was a poet and philosophical writer, as well as a veteran of many campaigns. He was born in Troy, N. Y., on January 16, 1855, was a student at St. Paul’s from 1867 to 1869 and attended the Military Academy at West Point from 1875 to 1877. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Third Infantry in 1879 and his first assignment was on the frontiers of Montana and Minnesota, in campaigns with the Sioux and Chippewa Indians. In the Spanish-American War, he participated in the Battle of El Caney, Cuba, and the siege of Santiago de Cuba. He was professor of military science and tactics and commandant at the New York Military Academy for eight years. Although retired as a major in 1916, during the World War he returned to active duty at Fort Myer, Va., until the close of the War.


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