Benjamin D. Boswell was the first professor of military science at the Corvallis State Agricultural College and the first active-duty Army officer to be assigned military instructor at a college in the far western states. He was born in Indiana on 10 Sept 1837 and served during the Civil War and afterwards in the Regular Army. He came to Corvallis in 1873 and served as professor until 1876. He was proprietor of the Boswell Springs resort (Douglas County) for 12-14 years prior to his death in 1907.
Military service records from the War Department's Adjutant General's Office include correspondence and orders dealing with promotions, leaves and duty assignments; medical records; and the proceedings of his retirement board. These records are from the National Archives Record Group 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office; Appointment, Commission, and Personnel Branch; Letters Received #64 ACP 1872 for Lt. Benjamin Boswell.
Preferred Citation :
Benjamin D. Boswell Military Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon
Custodial History :
Microfilm purchased in 1980 by the Oregon State University Archives to be used by Kenneth Munford in research on Boswell. Munford subsequently donated the microfilm to the OSU archives in 1984. The film has been transferred from the Memorabilia Collection to the Manuscript Collections.Bibliography :
Munford, Kenneth and Moore, Harriet. "The Boswells of Boswell Springs." Oregon Historical Quarterly, v 83, no 4 (1982): 341-370.
Other materials pertaining to Boswell are in the Memorabilia Collection.