Flipper, Henry Ossian, 1856-1940

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Dates:
Birth 1856-03-21
Death 1940-05-03
Americans

Biographical notes:

Henry Ossian Flipper (b. March 21, 1856, Thomasville, GA-d. April 26, 1940, Atlanta, GA) was a soldier, engineer, and author. In 1873 he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, where he became the first African American graduate. Flipper served in the all-Negro 10th Cavalry Regiment in the Southwest and was accused of embezzling funds in 1881. He was cleared of this charge, but found guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, and dismissed. Flipper went on to become a successful engineer working in the Western U.S., Mexico, and Venezuela. In 1919 Flipper served as an assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. In 1976 the Army exonerated Flipper and awarded him an honorable discharge.

From the description of Henry O. Flipper Collection. 1914-1978. (Australian National University). WorldCat record id: 51298509

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Subjects:

  • Military cadets
  • African American soldiers
  • Frontier and pioneer life

Occupations:

  • Army officers
  • Authors
  • Mining engineers

Places:

  • Thomasville, GA, US
  • Atlanta, GA, US
  • United States, 00, US