Albert James Myer

Albert James Myer

Birth
Newburgh, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 24 Aug 1880 (aged 51)
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Burial Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Plot in the Walden-Myer Mausoleum
Memorial ID 10710725 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He attended Buffalo Medical College, graduated in 1851 and from 1854 to 1869, he served as Assistant Surgeon in the US Army. In 1858, while serving in the West, he was inspired by the signaling system of the Native Americans and developed the "wig-wag" military signaling system adopted for use by the government. At the advent of the Civil War as a Major, he became the army's first signal officer, when he received orders from Washington to organize and command the Signal Corps in June 1861. He served as chief signal officer to General George B. McClellan, participating in all of the battles from Bull Run to Antietam. He then returned to Washington, where he took charge of the United States signal office on March 3, 1863, with the rank of Colonel. For his service and innovations to the Signal Corps, he was brevetted Brigadier General U.S. Army, on March 13, 1865. In July 1866, Congress reorganized him as the Signal Corps chief signal officer, a position he held until his death. Hobart College awarded him an honorary Ph.D. degree in 1872 and Union College conferred an honorary Ph.D. on him in 1875. Through the US Army Signal Corps and Meteorology he has also recognized as the "founder and father" of the US Weather Bureau and was U.S. Delegate to the International Conferences of Vienna, Austria, 1873 and Rome, Italy, 1879.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10710725
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert James Myer (20 Sep 1828–24 Aug 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10710725, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .