Funston, Frederick, 1865-1917

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Birth 1865-09-11
Death 1917-02-19

Biographical notes:

Frederick Funston, U.S. Army General, was born in 1865 and died in 1917. He fought in Cuba in 1896 with the Cubans, and in the Philippine Campaign, capturing their leader, Emilio Aguinaldo. He served as military Govenor of Vera Cruz and organized the expedition against Pancho Villa in 1916.

From the description of Signature, February 7, 1915. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 46403363

Frederick Funston (1865-1917) was a journalist, military man, and scientific explorer. He was born on November 9, 1865, in New Carlisle, Ohio, and attended the University of Kansas. After college he became a special botanical agent for the Department of Agriculture. From there, he assisted Frederick Coville on the Death Valley Expedition, 1890-1891. He recorded many of his impressions of the expedition, sending them back to be published in the Iola Daily Register. Funston worked for many newspapers and on the Santa Fe Railroad. At that time, he became involved with a campaign for Cuban independence at Madison Square Garden in New York. Funston signed up as a Cuban revolutionary and arrived on Cuba in 1896; he served for 18 months. After returning to the U.S., he became a commander of the 20th Kansas Regiment during the Spanish-American War. He was also involved with recovery efforts after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. From 1908-1910, he served as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and in 1913 he became Commander of the Hawaiian Department. Through 1914, he was engaged as the military governor of Vera Cruz to preserve peace. Funston was then appointed as Commander of the Southern Department, which comprised most of the Mexican border. He died on February 19, 1917.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Field Book Project: Person : Description : rid_308_pid_EACP305

Federal employee; writer; U.S. Army officer serving in Cuba, the United States, the Philippines, and other places. Of Allen County, Kan.

From the description of Frederick Funston papers, 1881-1973 (bulk 1891-1917). (Kansas State Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 49598606


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  • San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
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  • Botany
  • Fires--History--20th century
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  • American letters--History--20th century


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