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First Name: Owen

Last Name: Edgar

Birthplace: Philadelpha, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Thomas

Date of Birth: 17 June 1831

Date of Death: 03 September 1929

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Owen Thomas Edgar

•  Mexican-American Wars (1846 - 1848)


Owen Thomas Edgar
Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy

Owen Thomas Edgar was born on 17 June 1831 in Philadelphia, PA. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Apprentice Second Class on 10 February 1846. He served on the frigates USS Experience, USS Pennsylvania, USS Potomac and USS Allegheny.

He was discharged on 8 August 1849 and, at the time of his death, he was the last surviving veteran of the Mexican War.

Civilian Life

After the war, Edgar worked at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for 21 years, then worked at a bank for another 31 years. He spent his last 10 years living at the John Dickson Home in Washington, DC.

Death and Burial

Owen Thomas Edgar died on 3 September 1929 in Washington, DC, at the age of 98 after suffering a fall from a chair that fractured his leg. He is buried at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.


Honoree ID: 2459   Created by: MHOH




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