Adolphus Washington Greely

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Adolphus Washington Greely was chief of the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1887 to 1908(?).

He procured a balloon for the Signal Corps and deployed it in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. He advocated army support for the work of Samuel Pierpont Langley. He also promoted the development of telegraph and radio communications.[1]

Names Adolphus Washington Greely
Birth date 1844-03-27
Death date 1935-10-20
Countries US
Locations Newburyport, Massachusetts; Washington, DC
Occupations military officer
Tech areas Communications, Military
Affiliations United States Army Signal Corps, National Geographic Society
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  1. Rebecca Robbins Raines, "Greely, Adolphus W. (1844–1935)"; in Military Communications: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century, ed. Chriostpher H. Sterling; ABC-CLIO, 2008; pp. 199–200.