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army officer.

Spencer Cosby, American army officer. Member American Society of Civil Engineers, International Congress Navigation.


Cosby, Spencer was born on October 2, 1867 in Baltimore. Son of Frank C. and Charlotte M. (Spencer) Cosby.


Preparatory education high school, Washington, and 3 years in France. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1st in class, 1891. Graduated from the United States Engineer School of Application, 1894.


Appointed additional Second lieutenant engrs., June 12, 1891. Second lieutenant, April 12, 1894. First lieutenant, October 13, 1895.

Major engrs. United States.V., June 13-December 31, 1898. Captain, February 2, 1901. Major, June 9, 1907; lieutenant colonel, February 28, 1915.

Colonel, August 5, 1917. In charge of river and harbor and fortification works, Philadelphia, Mobile and Washington. Engineer officer on staff Major-General Brooke in P.R. during Spanish-American War.

In charge lighthouse construction in P.I., 1903-1905. In charge water supply system, Washington, 1905-1909. In charge public buildings and grounds, Washington, with rank of colonel, March 15, 1909-1913.

Military attache, United States Embassy, Paris, 1913-1917. Commanding 5th Regiment Engineers, 1917-1918. Chief engineer 9th Division, 1918.

In charge Galveston engineer district, since 1919. Officer of Legion of Honor, France, 1917.


Member American Society of Civil Engineers, International Congress Navigation. Clubs: Rittenhouse, University (Philadelphia), Metropolitan, Chevy Chase, Army and Navy (Washington).


Married Yvonne Shepard, of Washington, September 15, 1909.

Frank C. Cosby

Charlotte M. (Spencer) Cosby

Yvonne Shepard