Today on Day’s to Remember, we celebrate how on March 16th 1802, the U.S. Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York.
How did West Point Academy all come about?
West Point Academy has been around since the Revolutionary War, General George Washington consider West Point Academy an important strategic position for America.
In fact it was Thomas Jefferson and General George Washington who the original founders of West Point Academy.
President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy on March 16th 1802. He took this action after ensuring that those attending the Academy would be representative of a democratic society.
I wonder women were allowed to be enrolled West Point Academy, it’s an interesting question ask wouldn’t you say?
From its founding in 1802, on George Washington’s earlier recommendation, until 1976, West Point admitted no women.
Since then, more than 4,100 have followed in the steps of the first 62 female graduates in 1980.
Many more are on the way, too, now that the American military will be opening combat positions to qualifying women by 2016. The 263 female cadets who started at West Point this year made up 22 percent of the incoming class, a record number, up from 16 percent last year.
I wonder if there, was any one famous that graduated from West Point Academy, come to found they were.
In 1915, Dwight D Eisenhower is one of the two The West Pointers to graduate and become president of the United States.
Ulysses S. Grant was the other cadet to occupy the Oval Office. America’s top general in the Civil War, Grant was a mediocre student in the class of 1843, graduating 21st out of 39.
Douglas MacArthur graduated West Point in 1903, and had graduated first in his class and is America’s most controversial military man.
George S Patton graduated West Point in 1909, and is probably more controversial than any U.S. General.
Who graduated first in the West Point class of 1829?
A fellow by the name as Charles Mason, after two years in the Army, pursued a career in railroads and politics in Wisconsin and mostly Iowa. Robert E. Lee: An engineer on the frontier west of the Mississippi; served gallantly in the Mexican War. (Not a word about the Confederate general.)
When did the first woman graduate from West Point?
On the morning of July 7, 1976, 119 women joined the Corps of Cadets, establishing the first class of females at The United States Military Academy at West Point.
Hurrah for the women!
Quite a lot information today, but I hope you enjoyed today’s story today about how on March 16th 1802, the U.S. Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York.
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