Hugh Reid Belknap – Major and Paymaster, United States Army

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Member of Congress

Born at Keokuk, Iowa,on September 1, 1860, the son of William Worth Belknap, he served as a Member of Congress from Illinois and was serving in the Philippine Insurrection when he died at Calamba, Philippines, on November 12, 1901.

He was buried in his father's gravesite in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.


Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives:

BELKNAP, Hugh Reid, a Representative from Illinois; born in Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, September 1, 1860; attended the public schools, Adams Academy, Quincy, Mass., and Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; at the age of eighteen entered the service of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. and worked in various capacities until he retired in 1892 to become superintendent of the South Side Rapid Transit Railroad of Chicago; successfully contested as a Republican the election of  Lawrence E. McGann to the Fifty-fourth Congress; reelected to the Fifty-fifth Congress and served from December 27, 1895, to March 3, 1899; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; resided in Chicago, Ill., until 1901; appointed a paymaster in the United States Army with the rank of  major and served from February 2, 1901, until his death in Calamba, Laguna, P.I., November 12, 1901; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.


HUGH R. BELKNAP DEAD
Ex-Congressman, Who Was Attached To The Pay Department Expiresd in Luzon

WASHNGTON, November13, 1901 – Colonel Ward, Acting Adjutant General, received a cable message today from General Chaffee, reporting that Major Hugh R. Belknap of the Pay Department, died at Calamba, La Guna de Luzon, on the 12th inst. from intenstinal troubles, and that his body will be sent to the United States on the transport Thomas.

Major Balknap was appointed to the Pay Department in the regular establishment last February having previously served with the same Corps during the Spanish War, but as a volunteer and as an additional officer. He was a son of the late Secretary Belknap, and was himself prominent in Republican Party councils, representing one of the Chicago Districts in the National Houseof Representatives for several terms.

His appointment to the Regular Service was non-partisan, as he was indorsed by most of his colleagues in theHouse regardless of party lines, and especially commended by the House Committee on Military Affairs,of whichhe was a leading membner.


BELKNAP, H R

  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/12/1901
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 11/12/1901
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 132WCL

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

BELKNAP, HUGH R
MAJOR PAYMASTER US ARMY

  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/12/1901
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 132

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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