Thomas Henry Barry

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Thomas Henry Barry
Major General Thomas Henry Barry
Born(1855-10-13)October 13, 1855
New York City
DiedDecember 30, 1919 (1919-12-31) (aged 64)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1877–1919
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands heldSuperintendent of the United States Military Academy
Department of the East
Philippine Department
86th Infantry Division
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Silver Star

Thomas Henry Barry (October 13, 1855 – December 30, 1919) was a United States Army Major General and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy from 1910 to 1912.[1]

Early life[edit]

Barry was born in a small frame house at 24 Thames Street, near Trinity Place, in Lower Manhattan. He played baseball in Battery Park as a young boy. He received his early education in the public schools and the Free Academy of the City of New York. He graduated from West Point in 1877.[1]

Military career[edit]

Barry was assigned as a Second Lieutenant to the 7th Cavalry Regiment on June 14, 1877. In 1880 he was transferred to the 1st Infantry.[2] He was appointed Assistant Adjutant General of the army in 1893. He was a Lieutenant Colonel during the Spanish–American War. He was also Adjutant General of the 8th Army Corps during the war. He was appointed Brigadier General of volunteers after a brief period as Adjutant General of the army.[1] As a Brigadier General of volunteers he served in the China Relief Expedition and in the Philippine-American War during 1900–1901. He became a Brigadier General in August 1903.[2] At the start of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, he was assigned to the Imperial Russian Army as a military observer.[3]

In 1907, he was chosen as commander for the Army of Cuban Occupation and Pacification by President Theodore Roosevelt. He was promoted to Major General on April 29, 1908. He became Superintendent of the United States Military Academy on August 31, 1910.[4] He was succeeded by Clarence Page Townsley as Superintendent of the Academy on August 31, 1912.[2] He was assigned to command the Eastern Division of the US Army for the next two years. In 1914 he was sent to the Philippines and China as commander of all the American troops. He served as Commander of the Central Department from Mar. 21, 1918 to January 14, 1919. He was retired on October 13, 1919.[1]

Major General Thomas Henry Barry (right) with Admiral Togo Heihachiro on 12 August 1911.


Barry died of uremic poisoning as the result of Bright's disease at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on December 30, 1919.[1] He had been ill for three weeks.[1][5]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "General T. H. Barry Dies In Washington" (PDF). The New York Times. 1919-12-31. Retrieved 2009-04-25. Major Gen. Thomas Henry Barry, U.S.A., retired, died early this morning from uraemic poisoning at the Walter Reed General Army Hospital, near Washington, where he had been ill three weeks, a sufferer from Bright's disease. Mrs. Barry and their son, Major Thomas B. Barry, were with General Barry when he died.
  2. ^ a b c "Gen. Barry In Grant's Place. West Point Head to Command Eastern Division of Army" (pdf). The New York Times. August 17, 1912. Retrieved 2009-07-26. Major Gen. Thomas H. Barry, U.S.A., Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point, has been assigned to command the Eastern Division, with headquarters in New York, succeeding the late Major Gen. Frederick D. Grant.
  3. ^ Kowner, Rotem (2006). Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War. The Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-4927-5. pages 61-62
  4. ^ "New Yorker Takes Charge At West Point. Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Barry the Second of His Rank to Be Superintendent" (pdf). The New York Times. August 28, 1910. Retrieved 2009-07-26. Major Gen. Thomas H. Barry, U.S.A., who becomes Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point on Sept. 1 ...
  5. ^ "Gen. T. H. Barry Dies In East. Ill 3 Weeks". Chicago Tribune. December 31, 1919. Retrieved 2009-07-28. Commanded Camp Grant. Retired but Recently.
  6. ^ "Thomas H. Barry Carries 474, Including General Muller". New York Times. December 12, 1947. Retrieved 2009-07-28. The Army transport Thomas H. Barry arrived here yesterday and docked at Pier 11, Staten Island, with 474 passengers after a stormy fourteen-day voyage from ...


  • Davis, jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, North Carolina: Pentland Press, Inc. p. 26. ISBN 1-57197-088-6.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Hugh L. Scott
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
Succeeded by
Clarence Page Townsley