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GORGAS, Josiah, soldier, born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 1 July, 1818; died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 15 May, 1883. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1841 and assigned to the ordnance corps. He served with credit in the Mexican war, rising to the rank of captain in 1855. After acting in various arsenals as assistant he resigned at the beginning of the civil war, and was placed at the head of the Confederate ordnance department with the rank of brigadier-general. After the close of the war he devoted himself to business. He was elected vice-chancellor of the University of the South at Sewahee, Tennessee, in 1872, and was made president of the University of Alabama in 1878, where he remained until he was compelled to resign owing to failing health.
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