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General Thomas S.
Jesup
Thomas Sidney Jesup (December 16 1788June 10 1860) was an Americanmarker military officer known as the "Father of the Modern Quartermaster Corps". He was born in Berkeley Countymarker, West Virginiamarker. He began his military career in 1808, and served in the War of 1812, seeing action in the battles of Chippewamarker and Niagaramarker in 1814, where he was wounded. He was appointed temporary Adjutant General and Quartermaster General on May 8, 1818 by President James Monroe. In 1836, while still officially quartermaster general, President Jackson detached Jesup first to deal with the Creek tribe in Georgiamarker and Alabamamarker, and then to assume command of all U.S. troops in Floridamarker during the Second Seminole Warmarker, during which his actions in violating truces to capture Seminole leaders such as Osceola provoked controversy. At the conclusion of the hostilities he returned to his official post as quartermaster general.

During the Mexican-American War Jesup left his headquarters in Washington, D.C.marker to personally oversee the supplying of troops in Mexico. He served as quartermaster general for 42 years, holding the record for the longest continual service in the same position in U.S. military history. He died in office in Washington D.C. at age 72.

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