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Hugh Williamson Rowan, American army officer. Decorated Legion of Merit. Bronze Star, Army Commendation Ribbon, Commander British Empire, Chevalier, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur, Croix de Guerre (2 palms). Maine American Chemical Society.


Rowan, Hugh Williamson was born on March 16, 1894 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Hamilton and Elizabeth Hamilton (Simpson) Rowan.


Bachelor of Philosophy, Yale, 1915. Student Harvard, 1915-1917. Graduate Chemical Corps School, 1921, Army Industrial College, 1925.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Army, 1917, and advanced through the grades to brigadier general, 1944. Served as div. chemical officer, 89th Division, American Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919. Resigned from military service, 1919.

Chemist, Tide Water Oil Corporation, Bayonne, New Jersey, 1919-1920. With Chemical corpus, United States army, since October 1920. Served in European Theater Operations, United States Army, 1942-1945, chief chemical warfare officer, Headquarters, 1942-1945.

Reverted to grade of Colonel, 1946, serving as president The Chemical Corps Board Army Chemical Center. Maryland; became brigadier general and retired in 1953. President Shore Owners Association Lake Placid, New York, from 1963.


  • Other Work

    • Author of several textbooks of Chemical Corps School, Army Chemical Center, Maryland.


Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington).


Married Frances Bethel, June 28, 1928. Children: Frances, Hamilton.

Hamilton Rowan

Elizabeth Hamilton (Simpson) Rowan

Frances Bethel

Frances Rowan

Hamilton Rowan