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Col Ervin Louis Phillips
Birth: May 16, 1866
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1954
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA

Son of Charles Warren PHILLIPS (18371915) and Ann Riggs PHILLIPS (18401910).

Married Jane Harris CHAPMAN on 16 Jun 1897 at Green Bay, Brown County, WI. They had the following children:
Harry Charles PHILLIPS (18981913)
Helen Lucille PHILLIPS (18991996)
Daphne Ann PHILLIPS (19021971)
Marion Chapman PHILLIPS (19051990)
Alleine Jane PHILLIPS (19071993)
Josephine Van Vliet PHILLIPS (1908)
Ervin Louis PHILLIPS, Jr. (19121999)
Captain Erving L. Phillips, U. S. A., was born May 16, 1866, in Franklinville, and when four years old his parents moved to Olean, where he lived for nine years. He attended private school, then the Olean public schools, and when he returned to Franklinville in 1879 he entered Ten Broeck Academy, graduating in 1887 as president of the class. His studies at Ten Broeck were interrupted by two years in the Farmers National Bank. Following graduation he passed the competitive examination and won the free state scholarship for this district in Cornell University, and in the fall began the four-year course. During his college course he was active in college journalism, studied law a part of the time, and became assistant in the office of the Registrar of the University. He took great interest in military work, and rose to high rank in that department. He graduated in 1891, with the degree of A. B.

Previous to graduation Mr. Phillips had been recommended to the Secretary of War for appointment as an officer in the Regular Army. In July following his graduation he was summed to Washington as one of twenty-four young men chosen from various parts of the country to take an examination for such positions. Of the twelve successful candidates he secured the first place; and on August 1st, 1891, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the mounted branch, and assigned to the Sixth United States Cavalry. His early military career was spent entirely in the west, chiefly in Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. In 1893 he entered the U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School for officers, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and graduated from the same in 1895.

When the war with Spain broke out in 1898 he went to the front with the regular army. He was sent to Cuba in July of that year, but shortly after was assigned to duty with the Porto Rican Expedition under General Nelson A. Miles. He landed in Porto Rico with that expedition, and served throughout that campaign.

During the Spanish War he was promoted first lieutenant, and assigned to the Third Cavalry. In 1900 he went to the Phillippines, and took part in the work of supervising the Philippine Insurrection. He was promoted Captain in 1901, and assigned to the Thirteenth Cavalry, a newly created regiment then organizing in the United States. This brought him back to the States; but he returned to the Philippines with his new regiment in 1903, serving there until 1905.

In 1908 he was detailed as Professor of Military Science and Tactics in Cornell University, thus going back to become the head of the Military Department of his Alma Mater, where he had acquired the first rudiments of military training. He was retained in this position for three years; and in 1911 was relieved, returning to his regiment, the 13th cavalry, then on duty in Kansas. The following year the Thirteenth Cavalry was ordered to the Mexican frontier, and be accompanied the regiment to that region. During the past two years he has been in close contact with the Mexican situation, holding responsible commands at various points along the international frontier in Texas and New Mexico.

From: Franklinville, NY in Pictures and Story, August 1914, Page 153-154.
Family links: 
  Charles Warren Phillips (1837 - 1916)
  Ann Riggs Phillips (1840 - 1910)
  Jane Harris Chapman Phillips (1874 - 1938)
  Harry Charles Phillips (1898 - 1913)*
  Helen Lucille Phillips (1899 - 1996)*
  Marion Chapman Phillips (1905 - 1990)*
  Alleine Jane Phillips Chrestensen (1907 - 1993)*
  Ervin Louis Phillips (1866 - 1954)
  Elmer Riggs Phillips (1874 - 1892)*
  Minnie Elizabeth Phillips Llewellyn (1876 - 1948)*
  Nellie Lucy Phillips Stone (1882 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Prospect Cemetery
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA
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Record added: Nov 30, 2012
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Col Ervin Louis Phillips
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