|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1798|
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 1870|
William Chase was born at Chase’s Mills near Buckfield Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Chase and Sarah Greenleaf. He graduated from West Point Military Academy (30th in class) in 1815. He was an Army Engineer who worked at Fort Niagara in N.Y. until 1819 when he went south and helped build the forts below New Orleans, Louisiana.
Between 1829 – 1834, William was a Senior Officer and Major of Engineers on the Gulf Coast, working on the construction of Fort Pickens in Florida. He was the largest slave renter on the Gulf Coast.
In 1856, he declined appointment as Superintendent of West Point, resigning from the Army on October 31, 1856. He served as City Alderman in Pensacola, Florida and President of Alabama and Florida Railroad Company.
In 1861, at the outset of the Civil War, William was appointed Colonel of Florida State forces, demanded the Surrender of the Fort at Pensacola, Florida. He was authorized at the Florida Secession Convention to be Major General of State forces. William Chase took no active part during the Civil War after March 1861.
After the War until his death in 1870, he was a Businessman in Pensacola, Florida.
Ann Paul Mathews Chase (1809 - 1863)
Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery
West Feliciana Parish
Created by: Michelle Woodham
Record added: Apr 08, 2009
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