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VIELÉ, Egbert Ludovicus, General [1825-1902] -- American military officer and engineer

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Egbert Ludovicus Vielé of Waterford, NY, a member of the West Point Class of 1847, had graduated with honors from the Albany Academy and studied law before entering the Military Academy in 1842. Upon graduation he began a career devoted to public service and initiated more projects of lasting importance than almost any other man of his generation.

USMA Association of Graduates

He submitted plans for developing New York's Central Park, but was beaten out of the competition by the Olmsted ? and Vaux entry. He and Olmsted were often thereafter competitors in various ventures.

He was involved in a bitter and very public divorce from the former Teresa Griffin ¤ in 1871.

He is buried at West Point in a pyramidal tomb of his own design, now a campus landmark.  -30-
 

Chronology

1842
Appointed to USMA at West Point
1847
Graduates 30th in class
1847
Promoted 2nd Lt. in 1st Infantry in Mexican War
1848-1849
Assigned Ringgold Barracks (later Ft. Ringgold), Starr Co., TX
1849
Established military camp (Camp Crawford) at Laredo
1850
Marries Teresa Griffin
1850
Promoted to 1st Lt.
1853
Resigns commission
1854-1857
Chief topographical engineer for the state of New Jersey
1860
Chosen to design Brooklyn's Prospect Park
1861
Published Handbook for Active Service, widely used by both sides in the U.S. Civil War
1861
Briefly served as captain of engineers in 7th NY Militia
1861
Made brigadier general of volunteers
1861
Second in command of Port Royal expedition
1862
Military governor of Norfolk, VA
1863
Again resigned his commission
1865
Published The Topography and Hydrology of New York
1867
Chief engineer on the Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Rochester RR
1871
Divorced Teresa Griffin
1872
Married Juliette Dana
1883-1884
Commissioner of parks for New York City
1884
Elected to Congress. Defeated for reelection after one term.
1896
While visiting England, invited by the House of Lords to speak on the "Municipal Improvements in the United States."
1898
Delivered closing address at the Hague Congress of the International Congress of History, of which he was a member
1988-1900
President of the USMA Board of Visitors and Association of Graduates

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Associated

  • Spouse: ¤GRIFFIN, Teresa [1832-1906] American author, activist
  • Daughter: ¤VIELÉ, Kathlyne [1853-?] American genealogist and historian
  • Son: ¤VIELÉ, Herman Knickerbocker [1856-1908] American novelist, playwright, author, artist
  • Son: ¤VIELÉ-GRIFFIN, Francis [1864-1937] American expatriate poet
  • Grandaughter: ¤VIELÉ, Emily [1865-?] American poet and novelist

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