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Harrison Gray Otis

Otis, Harrison Gray, citizen, soldier, journalist, was born Feb. 10, 1837, near Marietta, Ohio. He learned the printer's trade, and in 1860-70 was foreman of printing in the government printing office; Subsequently, for five years, be was chief of a division in the United States patent office. He served throughout the civil war as soldier and officer, participated in fifteen actions, was twice wounded in battle, received seven promotions, and was brevetted major and lieutenant-colonel "for gallant and meritorious services during the war." In 1876-79 be was editor of the Santa Barbara Press ; and in 1879-81 was United States treasury agent in charge of the Seal Islands of Alaska. In 1882 be became an owner in the Los Angeles Times; and since 1886 has been chief owner, editor and general manager. In 1898-99 as brigadier-general of volunteers in the war against Spain be commanded the first brigade, second division, eighth army corps, which assaulted and captured Caloocan ; and served throughout the remainder of the campaign, ending in the fall of Malolos. He was brevetted major general for "meritorious conduct at the battle of Caloocan, March 25, 1809." His home is in Los Angeles, Cal.

Herringshaw's American Blue Book of Biography: Men of 1912. Chicago, Illinois: Men of Nineteen-Twelve, 1913.

 

 



 


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