Cress, George Oscar was born on September 18, 1862 in Warsaw, Illinois, United States. Son of George and Mary E. Cress.
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1884, Army War College, 1911.
Commissioned Second lieutenant Cavalry, United States Army, 1884, advanced through grades to brigadier general (temporary), 1918. Professor military science and tactics Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 1889-1893. Duty Yellowstone National Park, 1897-1898.
In Philippines, with General Lawton, 1899-1900. Constructing quartermaster at Fort Riley, Kansas, 1900-1904. Professor military science and tactics Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, Michigan, 1904-1908.
Duty Inspector General’s Department, 1916-1918. Organized 49th Field Artillery, 1918. In charge militia affairs Southern Department, 1919.
Appointed commander Columbus Barracks, October 6, 1919. Address: War Department, Washington.