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Andrew Moses of Texas
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CAPSULE – JUN 1874
The schools in Round Rock in the nineteenth century were well-known and attracted students from around the state. The Round Rock Institute educated many people who became noted doctors, professors, lawyers, stockmen, and judges throughout the country. One such student who achieved success on the world stage was Andrew Moses. He was born in Burnet County in 1874, son of Norton Moses and the former Lucy Ann Binkley. Norton was a state representative and had served as Grand High Priest of the Masonic Lodge in Texas. He saw to it that his children received a good education, first in Burnet and then at the Round Rock Institute, which offered college courses such as classic languages, music, and history. After Round Rock and one year at the State University in Austin, Andrew went to West Point, graduating in the Class of 1897. Lieutenant Moses served in both the infantry and artillery, and was in the Cuban Occupation of 1901-03.
In 1907 Andrew was named Commandant of Cadets at Texas A&M College. A Battallion article of that year described then-Captain Moses as and expert in heavy artillery and electricity. He was also noted as a recruiter and even took a course in submarine defense of coast artillery. The students at A&M dedicated the 1908 Longhorn yearbook to their respected Commandant and professor of military science and tactics, “Bull” Moses. The Class of 1908 included future World War I naval flying ace Jesse Easterwood, and three World War II generals: George F. Moore, D. B. Netherwood and John A. Warden. Moses stayed at Texas A&M until 1911, helping to train a number of military men.
During World War I Moses was named Brigadier General in command of an artillery brigade, and received the Distinguished Service Medal for his actions. He served on the War Department’s General Staff in the 1930s, and was assistant to Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur. His final assignment was as a Major General in the Hawaiian Department. He retired in 1938, and four years later Texas A&M honored him again, as they dedicated new dormitories named for him and his protégé General Moore, who was at that point commanding the Coast Artillery defense at Corregidor. General Moses died in 1946 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D. C.