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Oliver Otis Howard of Leeds (1830-1909) wore this coat when he was a cadet at West Point, 1853-4.
Oliver Howard commanded troops during the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg during the American Civil War. After the war he headed the Freedmen's Bureau and advocated for former slaves. He also founded Howard University in Washington, D.C., and was its first president.
The university was started to provide education to former slaves.
About This Item
- Title: Howard West Point dress coat, ca. 1853
- Creation Date: circa 1853
- Subject Date: circa 1853
- State: NY
- Media: Wool, brass, leather
- Local Code: 46*6
- Object Type: Physical Object
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