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Henry Ossian Flipper
Birth: Mar. 21, 1856
Thomasville
Thomas County
Georgia, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 1940
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

United States Army Officer. In 1877, he became the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and was also the first black to be assigned to a command position in the army. He received a controversial dishonorable discharge and died before getting a chance to clear his record. Years later, the decision was reversed and Flipper was given a reburial with military honors. As a civilian, Flipper worked in the United States Justice Department. He was fluent in Spanish and was able to save thousands of acres of disputed land in the Southwest territory. He also published translations of Spanish and Mexican law that continue to be used as references. 
 
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 Parents:
  Festus Flipper (1832 - 1918)
  Isabella Flipper (____ - 1887)

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Flipper Cemetery
Thomasville
Thomas County
Georgia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 16, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 19549
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- sjm
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