Owen Thomas Edgar

Military Person

1831 – 1929

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Who was Owen Thomas Edgar?

Owen Thomas Edgar was, according to data from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the longest surviving U.S. veteran of the Mexican-American War.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States Navy as a 2nd-class apprentice on February 10, 1846, and was discharged August 8, 1849. Edgar saw service on the frigates Potomac, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and Experience.

After the war, he worked at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for 21 years, then worked at a bank for another 31 years. He spent his last 10 years living at the John Dickson Home in Washington, D.C. Edgar died September 3, 1929 at the age of 98 after suffering a fall from a chair that fractured his leg, and was buried in Washington's Congressional Cemetery.

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Born
Jun 17, 1831
Philadelphia
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Philadelphia
Died
Sep 3, 1929
Washington, D.C.

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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