ADOLPHUS W. GREELY. TLS: "A.W. Greely", 1p, 8x10½.
Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Washington, D.C., 1893 May 2.
Letter of introduction to R.W. Gilder, Editor, Century Magazine,
introducing "The bearer of this letter, Mr. Robert Stein of the U.S.
Geological Survey, desires to interest you in a project of travel in
Alsace-Lorraine this summer. I...can testify to the sincerity of his motives and
the uprightness of his character...." Adolphus W. Greely (1844-1935) survived
two years of Arctic winters without being re-supplied in 1882-1884. He became,
by order of Pres. Cleveland, a Brigadier General and Chief of the Signal Corps
of the Army in March 1887 of the following year. In that post, he was
responsible over the next 20 years for construction of tens of thousands of
miles of telegraph lines and submarine cables in Puerto Rico, Cuba, the
Philippines, Alaska and elsewhere and for the Army's earliest adoption of
wireless telegraphy. In 1935, he received the Congressional Medal of Honor six
days before his 91st birthday. Erased notes (unknown hand) at upper margin.
Lightly creased. Minor stains and soiling, primarily at blank areas. Paper clip
rust stains at blank margin.
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