Julian Larcombe Schley

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Julian Larcombe Schley
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Julian Larcombe Schley circa 1940
6th Governor of the Panama Canal Zone
In office
Preceded by Harry Burgess
Succeeded by Clarence Self Ridley
Chief of Engineers
In office
Preceded by Edward Murphy Markham
Succeeded by Eugene Reybold
Personal details
Born (1880-02-23)February 23, 1880
Savannah, Georgia
Died March 29, 1965(1965-03-29) (aged 85)
Walter Reed Hospital
Washington, D.C.
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1903 – 1941, 1943 – 1945
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands Chief of Engineers

World War I

World War II

Julian Larcombe Schley (February 23, 1880 – March 29, 1965) was a Chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army, who also served as Governor of the Panama Canal Zone.[1]


Schley was born in Savannah, Georgia on February 23, 1880. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1903 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

He and classmate Douglas MacArthur had their first service with the 3d Battalion of Engineers in Compton from 1894 to 1895. Schley later served with engineer troops in the United States and Cuba; as an instructor at the Military Academy; as Assistant Engineer, Washington, D.C.; and as New Orleans District Engineer.

During World War I, he commanded the divisional 307th Engineers in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives and was Engineer, 5th Army Corps, during the last two weeks of the latter drive. He received a Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the war.

Schley was Director of Purchase, General Staff, and a member of the War Department Claims Board from 1919 to 1920. Schley later served four-year tours as Galveston District Engineer; Engineer of Maintenance, Panama Canal; and Governor of the Canal Zone. In the latter post, he was also military advisor to the Republic of Panama. Schley was Commandant of the Army Engineer School in 1936 – 1937. He retired on September 30, 1941. [2]

Schley was recalled to active wartime duty in 1943 as Director of Transportation, Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs.

He died March 29, 1965 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., aged 85.[3]


This article contains public domain text from "Major General Julian Larcombe Schley". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2005. 

Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Burgess
Governor of Panama Canal Zone
Succeeded by
Clarence S. Ridley
Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Murphy Markham
Chief of Engineers
Succeeded by
Eugene Reybold