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Commandants of Cadets, 1872-2000
From the day of its founding to the present Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has had a commandant of cadets. The session of 1880-1881 is unique however. The Board of Visitors failed to appoint either a commandant or a president. Acting President Hart thereupon appointed a senior cadet as acting commandant and permitted this individual to select other seniors as acting assistant commandants. With this one exception all commandants have been appointed by the Board of Visitors.
Name Years Gen. James H. Lane 1872-1880 Cadet Capt. James A. Clarke (acting) 1880-1882 Col. W. Ballard Preston 1882-1884 Lt. J. C. Gresham 1884-1887 Col. W. Ballard Preston 1887 Lt. J. T. Knight 1887-1890 Lt. J. A. Harman 1890-1894 Lt. D. C. Shanks 1894-1898 Col. A. T. Finch 1898-1900 Col. J. S. A. Johnson 1900-1906 Capt. G. H. Jameson 1906-1909 Capt. E. R. Dashiell 1909-1911 Lt. J. F. Ware 1911-1914 Lt. S. W. Anding 1914-1917 Maj. W. P. Stone 1917-1918 Maj. J. C. Skuse 1918-1919 Capt. C. C. Carson 1919-1920 Maj. F. E. Williford 1920-1924 Maj. W. R. Nichols 1924-1929 Lt. Col. J. B. Maynard 1929-1935 Lt. Col. C. H. Tenney 1935-1938 Col. J. H. Cochran 1938-1942 Col. R. W. Wilson 1942-1945 Col. George Henderson 1945-1946 Col. T. W. Munford 1946-1951 Col. W. B. Merritt 1951-1952 Maj. Gen. J. M. Devine 1952-1961 Brig. Gen. M. W. Schewe 1961-1967 Maj. Gen. F. T. Pachler 1967-1972 Brig. Gen. David S. Henderson 1972-1973 Brig. Gen. Earl C. Acuff 1973-1980 Lt. Gen. Howard M. Lane 1980-1989 Maj. Gen. Stanton R. Musser 1989-1999 Maj. Gen. Jerrold P. Allen 1999-
Source: Kinnear, Duncan Lyle, The First 100 Years: A History of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia: Virginia Polytechnic Institute Educational Foundation, 1972), Apprendix II, p. 478.
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