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Babcock, Orville Elias (25 December 1835–02 June 1884), soldier, engineer, and presidential secretary, was born in Franklin, Vermont, the son of Elias Babcock, Jr., and Clara Olmstead. Graduating third in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1861, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of engineers. During the first year of the Civil War he gained promotion to first lieutenant, serving successively in the Department of Pennsylvania and the Department of the Shenandoah. He was then transferred to the Army of the Potomac, where he served on the staff of ...

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Alexander Haig. Gouache on illustration board, 1984, by Eraldo Carugati. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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Haig, Alexander Meigs, Jr. (02 December 1924–20 February 2010), general, White House chief of staff, and secretary of state, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Alexander M. Haig, Sr., a lawyer, and Regina Anne (Murphy) Haig. His father died when he was young, and he was raised in the Roman Catholic faith by his mother. After graduating from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1943, Haig enrolled at the University of Notre Dame. Two years later he transferred to West Point Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1947....