Biography of Peyton Conway March


March, Peyton Conway. American general. Son of Francis Andrew March, the philologist. Was born at Easton, PA, 1864. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1884; from the United States military academy, West Point, in 1888; and from the artillery school at Fort Monroe in 1898. He served with distinction in the Philippines (1898-1901), rising from second lieutenant to lieutenant-colonel. From 1903-07, he was member of the general staff, and in 1904 was military attaché to observe the Japanese army in the Russo-Japanese War. In 1917, he was army artillery commander of the American expeditionary forces in France, and was promoted major-general. In February, 1918, he was appointed acting chief of staff of the United States Army.