The land surveyors of the 19th century were one of the most successful in the field of surveying.
A man who had worked in a surveyor’s shop and spent many years as a surveyors assistant and laborer was awarded the rank of lieutenant colonel, and this was only a few years after he was promoted to brigadier general.
His reputation was so solid that, when the war broke out, he was appointed to command the troops and to oversee the survey of all the land for the Army and Navy.
When he died in 1919, he had accumulated a total of 684,000 acres, which he had managed to do on his own.
He was also a brilliant inventor and a great mathematician and geographer.
His life was a true testament to the skills and achievements of a pioneer and a true patriot.
His grave is in the cemetery of his son, the former general of the American Expeditionary Force, in San Diego.