Fred Winchester Sladen

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Frederick Winchester Sladen
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Fred W. Sladen
Born (1874-02-22)February 22, 1874
Died July 10, 1945(1945-07-10) (aged 78)
New London, New Hampshire
Buried at West Point Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1890–1931
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
Philippine Department
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Croix de guerre

Fred Winchester Sladen (November 24, 1867 – July 10, 1945) was career United States Army officer who rose to the rank of Major General and became Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. He is a son of English-born Joseph Alton Sladen (1841-1911) and Martha F Winchester. Joseph A Sladen met with Cochise in the company of Gen Oliver Otis Howard, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the American Civil War.[1]


Sladen received his appointment to the US Military Academy from the State of Nebraska, graduating 27th out of 54 in his class of 1890.[2]

Military career[edit]

Sladen began his military career commissioned an officer in the Infantry branch upon graduating from the US Military Academy. From 1911 - 1914, he was Commandant of Cadets. During World War, Sladen served as commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade and for leading of his brigade was decorated with Distinguished Service Cross and Distinguished Service Medal. He would serve in the Army until his retirement on November 30, 1931. He achieved the rank of Major General and was the 32nd Superintendent of US Military Academy from 1922–1926.[2] He later served as Superintendent of Fort McHenry from 1931-1932.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sladen married Ms. Elizabeth Lefferts of New York City on October 8, 1903 at the Church of the Holy Incarnation on Madison Avenue. One of Sladen's groomsmen was another future West Point Superintendent, William D. Conner. Sladen died in New London, New Hampshire July 10, 1945.[4]


  1. ^ Sweeney, Edward R (2008). Making Peace with Cochise: the 1872 Journal of Captain Joseph Alton Sladen. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. p. xii. ISBN 0-8061-2973-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Special Collections: Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U. S. Military Academy" (PDF). United States Military Academy Library. 1950. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Historic Listing of National Park Service Officials". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  4. ^ "A Day's Weddings" (PDF). The New York Times. October 9, 1903. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Douglas MacArthur
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
Succeeded by
Merch Bradt Stewart