Answer to Teaser from last time: The Jewish graduate who was commissioned in the Infantry and fought America's frontier wars for several years before resigning to join a foreign army seeking to overthrow that country's central government was Samuel Noah, Class of 1807. After service on the Florida frontier, he joined Augustus W. Magee (Class of 1809), who led the ``Republican Army of the North`` also known as the ``Mexican Patriot Army``, which invaded Texas, then part of Mexico, belonging to Spain. The Patriot Army succeeded in capturing the provincial capital, Salcedo, but Magee was killed on March 10, 1813. At that point America was involved in the War of 1812, for which Noah returned to the United States and sought another commission, which was refused, probably because he had been born in England. Undaunted, he enlisted in the volunteers. Samuel Noah eventually became and remained West Point's oldest living graduate from August 20, 1865 to May 10, 1871.
Teaser for next time: This
graduate resigned as a 1st Lieutenant after a little more than 5 years
of service. He then became an industrial leader, managing the Railway
Division of a major corporation. He explored Africa, Central
Asia, and Borneo, being named a member of the Royal Geographical Society
for his African expedition. He then was placed in charge of an international
relief effort before becoming Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
He wrote books as diverse as "Tibet and Turkestan", "International War
- Its Causes and Its Cure" and "Strikes - When to Strike and How to Strike."
Who was he?
This concludes Trivia Test No. 12. Thanks for participating.
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