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William Henry Burt
Born (1876-02-22)February 22, 1876
Died November 21, 1940(1940-11-21) (aged 64)
Place of birth Provincetown, Massachusetts
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Brigadier general

William Henry Burt (February 22, 1876 - November 21, 1940) was a career United States Army officer who served as a brigadier general throughout World War I.[1]

Early life[]

Burt was born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, located at the tip of Cape Cod. He received an A.B. from the University of Vermont in 1898. In the same year he enlisted as a corporal in Company M, First Vermont Infantry, for the Spanish–American War.[1]

Military career[]

Burt was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 43rd United States Volunteer Infantry in September 1899. He received a regular commission in the artillery corps on July 1, 1901, and he graduated from the Artillery School in 1904. When the artillery was divided into Field and Coastal Artillery in 1907, Briggs was assigned to the 21st Field Artillery Brigade.

Briggs remained in that unit until 1918, when he was transferred to the Fourth Field Artillery Brigade. He was in that unit until his promotion to brigadier general on August 8, 1918. He served in France for eighteen months during the war. He was discharged as a brigadier general on March 10, 1919.

After being discharged Briggs transferred to the Finance Department. In the month of July 1920 he transferred to Field Artillery and became a colonel. In 1920 he graduated from the School of the Line, and in 1921 he graduated from the General Staff School. Briggs graduated from the Army War College in 1924, and in 1932 he was on duty as field artillery officer in the Seventh Corp's Area headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. The remainder of his active service was served in the Inspector General's Department, serving in California, Mississippi, Kansas, South Carolina, and Texas. On September 30, 1934 Briggs retired as a brigadier general due to disabilities.[1]

Death and legacy[]

Burt died at the age of sixty-four in Westwood, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1940.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Davis, Henry Blaine. Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press, 1998. p. 37 ISBN 1571970886 OCLC 231779136


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