William R. Abercrombie

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William R. Abercrombie (August 17, 1857 - November 8, 1943)[1] was a career U.S. Army officer during the late 19th century.

Raised in Long Island, New York, Abercrombie was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army by President U.S. Grant in 1877 and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry. He proceeded to the Pacific coast to join the Nez Perce War. After the war he served in a number of assignments including the Indian Wars, Abercrombie participated in many expeditions in the Northwest and Alaska.

Abercrombie led the 1898 expedition seeking "an all-American route from coastal Alaska to the Klondike." The next year Abercrombie was responsible for constructing a military road to Eagle on the Yukon River.[2][3]

Fort Abercrombie in Kodiak, in the Territory of Alaska, was named in his honor.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Find a Grave". Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Charles Caldwell Hawley (2014). A Kennecott Story. The University of Utah Press. pp. 34–35. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth A. Tower (1990). Ghosts of Kennecott, The Story of Stephen Birch. pp. 3–11. 
  4. ^ Spokane and the Spokane Country, Pictorial and Biographical, De Luxe Supplement. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1912. p. 117. 
  5. ^ http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/kodiak/ftaberhistory.htm