Oct. 11, 1919 New Brighton Richmond County (Staten Island) New York, USA
Gen. Wm. T. Rossell Dies at New Brighton
Former Engineer Commissioner of the District Burial to Be Made Here
Brig. Gen. William T. Rossell, U.S.A., retired former Engineer Comissioner of the District of Columbia, and later chief of engineers of the Army, died at his home, at New Brighton, N.Y., Saturday night on the seventieth anniversary of his birthday. His body will be brought to this city for burial in the Congressional cemetery. Gen. Rossell was from Alabama and was a star graduate of the United States Military Academy in the year of 1873. His entire service was in the Engineer Corps in which he reached the grade of brigadier general in August 1913. He was attached to the District government for four years, from November 1, 1889, first as assistant to the Engineer Commissioner and then as Engineer Commissioner. He was retired for age October 11, 1913 while holding the office of chief of engineers of the Army. In 1882 he was married to Miss Jean Graham Ellis, a daughter of Gov. A.W. Ellis of North Carolina. Three daughters and four sons survive him. A fifth son, Daves, was killed in the fighting at Verdun.
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William Trent Rossell was a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1873. A summary career biography of him is given in entry #2470 in Cullum's Biographical Register of the Graduates of the Military Academy; it is online. -
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