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First Name: Thomas

Last Name: Jesup

Birthplace: Berkeley County, WV, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: S.

Date of Birth: 16 December 1788

Date of Death: 10 June 1860

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
Thomas S. Jesup

•  War of 1812


Thomas S. Jesup
Major General, U.S. Army

Thomas S. Jesup was born on 16 December 1788 in Berkeley County, WV.

Jesup started his distinguished military career in 1808 as a 2nd Lieutenant of the 7th Infantry and was a Major of the 19th Infantry in the War of 1812. He was promoted successively to Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel for gallantry in action at the Battles of Chippewa and Niagara in 1814.

On 8 May 1818, President Jackson appointed him temporary Adjutant General and Quartermaster General. For his duty and faithful service, he was brevetted Major General on 8 May 1828. Known as the Father of the Modern Quartermaster Corps, he held the post as the 12th Quartermaster General for forty-two years and died while in office at age 72.


Jesup was the first inductee into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame, charter year 1986.

Death and Burial

Major General Thomas S. Jesup died on 10 June 1860 in Washington, DC. Originally interred at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, his remains were relocated to Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, DC, in 1862.

Honoree ID: 2681   Created by: MHOH




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