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Col George Bomford
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Birth: 1780
Queens County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 25, 1848
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army

Inventor: The "Columbiad" type of cannon, in 1811.

In 1892, he was buried here, when the city razed his
original tomb in the family mausoleum on "Kalorama" estate.
He is now buried with his 2nd wife & a son beneath a
single grave marker.

Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N. Y. by Bvt. Maj. - Gen George W. Cullum, published 1891

(Born N.Y.)...GEORGE BOMFORD...(Ap'd N.Y.)
Military History. - Cadet of the Military Academy, Oct. 24, 1804 to July 1, 1805, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1805.
(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 30, 1806)
(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 23, 1808)
(Major, Staff - Asst. Com. - Gen. of Ordnance, June 18, 1812)
(Major, Corps of Engineers, July 6, 1812)
(Bvt. Lieut. - Colonel, Dec. 22, 1814, for Meritorious Services in the Ordnance Department)
(Lieut. - Colonel, Ordnance, Feb. 9, 1815)
(Bvt. Colonel, Feb. 9, 1825, for Faithful Service Ten Years in one Grade)

Served: as Assistant Engineer at the fortifications of the inner harbor of New York, 1805-8, and on the defenses of Chesapeake Bay and its tributary waters, 1808-10; as Superintending Engineer of the works on Governor's Island, New York harbor, 1810-12; in the War of 1812-15 with Great Britain, on Ordnance duty, and introduced Bomb Cannon under the name of "Columbiads;" as Member of Ordnance Boards, and on various other ordnance duties, from the termination of the War in 1815, till the re-organization of the Army, when he was retained as Lieut. Colonel, 1st Artillery, June 1, 1821, continuing, however, on Ordnance duty until the organization of the Ordnance Corps, when he was promoted Colonel and Chief of Ordnance of the U. S. Army, May 30, 1832, and placed in command of the Ordnance Corps and Ordnance Bureau, at Washington D. C., which he held until Feb. 1, 1842, when he became Inspector of Arsenals, Ordnance, Arms and Munitions of War, continuing on this duty until Mar. 25, 1848, during which period he made ingenious and valuable experiments on the best form for pieces of heavy ordnance, which have since led to the adoption of the improved patterns of such cannon now used in the United States service. Member of the Board of Visitors to the Military Academy, 1845. Died, Mar. 25, 1848, at Boston, Mas.: Aged 68
Family links: 
  Clara Baldwin Bomford (1785 - 1856)*
  James Vote Bomford (1811 - 1892)*
  Louisa Sophia Bomford Derby (1813 - 1864)*
  Henry Baldwin Bomford (1824 - 1845)*
*Calculated relationship
Rock Creek Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
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Record added: Jul 08, 2007
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Col George Bomford
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Col George Bomford
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Col George Bomford
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