September 17: William Edward Horton (1935)

William E. Horton was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army with service during the Spanish American War and World War I. In the latter, he was Assistant to the Quartermaster General. Through his mother’s line, Horton was a descendant of an old New England family. His first ancestor in America secured the royal charter of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations from King James of England. Proud of his heritage, Horton was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 1934, he installed a classical marble memorial to his mother at Epiphany. It is located on the wall of the vestibule at the rear of the church. General Horton’s name is listed on the adjoining World War I Memorial Plaque. Horton served on Epiphany’s vestry in his later years. Both he and his mother were confirmed and buried from the church. General Horton was interred at Arlington with full military honors. A listing of his commendations is engraved on his tombstone.

Distinguished Service Medal United States

Silver Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster United States

Honorary Companion Order of St. Michael & St. George of Great Britain

Knight Grand Cross of the French Order of Nichan El Anouar

Officer of the Legion of Honor of France

Commander of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium

Commander of the Order of the Crown of Roumania

Commander of the Order of Polonia Restituta

Class III Officer of the Order of the White Eagle of Serbia

Grand Officer of the Order of Danilo I of Montenegro

Grand Officer of the Order of Scanderbeg of Albania

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