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PENROSE, William Henry, soldier, born in Madison Barracks, Sackett's Harbor, New York, 10 March, 1832. His father, Captain James W. Pen-rose, was an officer of the regular army. The son took an irregular two-years' course in Dickinson college and became a civil and mechanical engineer. In April, 1861, he was appointed 2d lieutenant in the 3d United States infantry, and, after his promotion to 1st lieutenant in May, served with the Army of the Potomac till the close of the civil war. He became colonel of the 15th New Jersey regiment in April, 1863, and thereafter had command of Philip Kearny's 1st New Jersey brigade, in the Sixth corps. At times he had charge of a division, and on 27 June, 1865, he was commissioned a brigadier-general of volunteers. During the war he won the brevets in the regular army, including that of brigadier-general. He has since had command of various posts, and on 31 May, 1883, he became major of the 12th infantry, and lieutenant-colonel of the 16th Infantry on 22 August, 1888. General Penrose has invented several mechanical devices and a set of infantry equipments which was recommended by a board of officers.
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