Brig. General Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr.

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Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr.

Birthplace: Sacketts Harbor, Jefferson, NY
Death: March 25, 1896 (64)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Place of Burial: North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. General Silas Casey (USA) and Abby Perry Casey
Husband of Emma Casey
Father of Col. Thomas Lincoln Casey, Jr.; Robert Jerauld Casey; Harry Weir Casey and Edward Pearce Casey
Brother of Elizabeth Goodale Scott; Rear Admiral Silas Casey III; Frederick Cummings Casey; Male Casey; Abby Pearce Hunt and 1 other

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About Brig. General Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr.

Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr. (May 10, 1831 – March 25, 1896) was a soldier and engineer.


Thomas Lincoln Casey was a noted military and civil engineer of the late 19th Century. He served as Chief of Engineers for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and oversaw the completion of the Washington Monument. He was the son of Major General Silas Casey who led the assault on Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec in the Mexican-American War and also served as a major general in the American Civil War.

Casey was born in Sackets Harbor, New York. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1852 and was assigned to the Corps of Engineers. He taught engineering at West Point from 1854 to 1859. During the American Civil War he oversaw construction and improvements to coastal fortifications in Maine, completing the massive Fort Knox on the Penobscot River as well as work on Fort Preble, Fort Scammel and Fort Gorges near Portland.

Casey headed the division the Office of the Chief of Engineers responsible for military engineers, equipment, and fortifications. From 1877 to 1881, Casey headed the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds, District of Columbia. He had design responsibility for the State, War, and Navy Building, which is now the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. He re-designed and completed the Washington Monument after problems arose with the original design.

He was promoted to brigadier general as assigned as Chief of Engineers on July 6, 1888. He retired from the Army on May 10, 1895 having reached the mandatory retirement age of 64.

He worked on the design of the Thomas Jefferson Building, which houses the Library of Congress; it was nearly completed when he died suddenly on March 25, 1896. Upon his death, responsibility for the project passed to his son, architect Edward Pearce Casey.

Casey was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and an officer of the Legion of Honor of France. In 1882 he suceeded his father as a member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

Thomas Lincoln Casey was buried with his father and other family members at the Casey Farm in Rhode Island.


Casey's engineering projects included:

Fort Gorges
Fort Knox, Maine
Fort Scammel, Maine
The Washington Monument
The Library of Congress
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building

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Brig. General Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr.'s Timeline

May 10, 1831
Sacketts Harbor, Jefferson, NY
February 19, 1857
Age 25
West Point, Ornage, NY
August 3, 1859
Age 28
June 17, 1861
Age 30
June 18, 1864
Age 33
Portland, Cumberland, ME
March 25, 1896
Age 64
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States