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Otto L. Hein papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS214

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

Otto L. Hein papers include correspondence and photographs documenting the career of this Indian fighter, military attache at European courts, and commandant at West Point (1897-1901), the author of "Memories of Long Ago" (1925), an autobiography as valuable for its recall of choice rumor and gossip as for its recital of events. Included in the collection are a controversial account of Custer's actions at the Little Big Horn, written by an officer on the scene shortly before and after the battle, as well as letters from such notables as Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur, and officer-author Charles S. King.


  • 1873-1930

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Biographical Note

Otto L. Hein (1847-1933) was an Ameican military officer who served as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York from 1897 to 1901. He was born in Georegtown in Washington, DC. He studied for a time at Georgetown College, and he later graduated from West Point in 1870.

During his military career, Hein engaged in warfare against Native Ameeicans in the American West, including the conflict against the Apache tribes from 1873 to 1875.

While Hein was Commandant of Cadets at West Point, the academy established a new Catholic chapel in 1897 where his youngest son was confirmed ("New York Times" 6/11/1900).

Otto L. Hein died in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1933. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

[Source: "Washington Post" obituary, 7/27/1933.]


0.75 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Herbert R. Hein, Jr.

Otto L. Hein papers
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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