Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — Brigadier-General E. R. Chrisman

Brigadier-General Edward R. Chrisman

  • Organized University of Idaho Military Science Department, taught mathematics — 1894-1898
  • Introduced first women’s military program in the service
  • Sent to Cuba and the Philippines during Spanish American War — 1898-1902 — fought in the battle of San Juan Hill — 39 U of I students (out of 250 total student body) enlisted to join him
  • U of I Military Science Head — 1902-1906
  • Sent to the Philippines to fight Philippine insurection — 1906-1909
  • South Dakota State College Head of Military Science — 1909-1911
  • Posted in Alaska, New Jersey, Panama & Puerto Rico — 1911-1919
  • U of I Military Science Head — 1919-1939
  • Awarded Silver Star for actions in Spanish American War — 1934
  • After his death in 1939, at his request, his ashes were scatted over the U of I campus from an airplane
  • Chrisman Hall bears his name
  • died in 1939 — on BPOE #249 wall of remebrance
  • click here for additional information from U of I Special Collections


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