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KENDRICK, Henry Lane, educator, born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, 20 January, 1811. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1835, and assigned to the 2d infantry. For the next twelve years he was assistant professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology at West Point, and in the mean time was transferred to the 2d artillery and made captain, 18 June, 1846. He saw active service during the war with Mexico, taking part in the battle of Cerro Gordo, the siege of Vera Cruz, and the de-fence of Puebla, for gallant and meritorious conduct in which he was brevetted major, 12 October, 1847. After the close of the war he was stationed chiefly in the west, taking part in several expeditions against the Indians, and for five years commanding a post in New Mexico until 1857, when he was appointed professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology in the United States military academy. On 28 February, 1873, he was made colonel, and on 13 December, 1880, at his own request, having been forty-five years in the service, with the reputation of being, perhaps, the kindest-hearted and most popular professor ever employed at West Point, he was retired. In 1859 he was a member of the board of assay commissioners at the United States mint in Philadelphia, and on 23 September, 1861, he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, but declined. He received the degree of A. M. from Dartmouth in 1844, and that of LL. D. from the University of Missouri in 1868, and front the University of Rochester in 1869. His portrait has been added to the collection in the library of the United States military academy.
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