Bertram Tracy Clayton

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About Bertram Tracy Clayton

  • Participated in conflicts: World War I

Bertram Tracy Clayton (October 19, 1862 – May 30, 1918) was an American soldier and politician. Born in Clayton, Alabama, he went on to attend the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1886 with John J. Pershing. He resigned in 1888, intending to work as a civil engineer, but went on to serve with Troop C, New York Volunteer Cavalry (Brooklyn's Own) during the Spanish-American War in Puerto Rico, winning distinction. After the war, Clayton served in the House of Representatives from 1899 until 1901, representing New York's fourth district. After an unsuccessful reelection bid, he was appointed as a captain in the Regular Army. He stayed on active duty and was promoted several times up to the rank of colonel and served in a variety of posts until World War I. While serving in France with the 1st Infantry Division, Clayton was killed during a German air raid on American trenches. He was the highest ranking West Point graduate killed in action during the war. Clayton is buried at Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, Mary Elizabeth D'Aubert Clayton. His brother, Henry De Lamar Clayton, Jr., also served as a Member of Congress from their home state, Alabama. Their father,

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