Lemuel Mathewson (March 29, 1899 – February 26, 1970) was a United States Army lieutenant general.

Lemuel Mathewson
Lemuel Matthewson.jpg
General Mathewson, circa 1951, Berlin
BornMarch 29, 1899 (1899-03-29)
Bath, New York
DiedFebruary 26, 1970 (1970-02-27) (aged 70)
Walter Reed Army Hospital,
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1918–1958
RankUS-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands heldXVIII Airborne Corps Artillery
11th Airborne Division Artillery
U.S. Berlin Command
U.S. Communications Zone, Orleans, France
U.S. V Corps
U.S. Sixth Army
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Other workChairman, Inter-American Defense Board

Early careerEdit

Mathewson was born in Bath, New York on March 29, 1899.[1] A 1917 graduate of Bath's Haverling High School,[2] he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1922 and was commissioned as an artillery officer.[3]

In the 1920s and 1930s, Mathewson served in a variety of assignments in the United States and overseas, including graduate student in Madrid, Spain, professor of Spanish at the United States Military Academy, instructor at the Fort Sill, Oklahoma Field Artillery School, and special projects officer in Latin America.[4][5][6][7]

From 1938 to 1939, Mathewson attended the Command and General Staff College.[8][9]

World War IIEdit

Post World War IIEdit

Later careerEdit

Awards and decorationsEdit

General Mathewson's awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.[26]

Later workEdit

Mathewson served as Chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board from 1958 to 1961.[27][28][29]

Retirement and deathEdit

After retiring from the IADB Mathewson resided in McLean, Virginia. He died at Walter Reed Army Hospital on February 26, 1970.[30] General Mathewson was buried in Section III Site A-24 of the U.S. Military Academy Cemetery.[31]


  1. ^ Current Biography, published by H.W. Wilson Company, Volume 13, 1952, page 33
  2. ^ Steuben County History web site, Bath Area High School Graduates page
  3. ^ Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, published by the Association of Graduates, 1930, page 1704
  4. ^ Roster of Officers and Troops, United States Military Academy, 1932, page 5
  5. ^ Current Biography, published by H.W. Wilson Company
  6. ^ Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, 1930
  7. ^ A Soldier Reports, by General William Childs Westmoreland, 1976, Volume 1, page 14
  8. ^ Magazine article, Recommendations for Leavenworth and the War College, Lieutenant Colonel F.A. Doniat, The Field Artillery Journal, November–December, 1937, page 456
  9. ^ U.S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1957, page 548
  10. ^ Annual Proceedings of the Legislature of Steuben County, published by Steuben County (N.Y.) Legislature, 2005, page 71
  11. ^ The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, U.S. Department of State Historical Office, 1961, page xxxv
  12. ^ Army Information Digest, published by U.S. Armed Forces Information School, 1946, page 2
  13. ^ Ridgway's Paratroopers: the American Airborne in World War II, Clay Blair, 1985, page 483
  14. ^ Newspaper article, Caribbean Command Shifts, New York Times, September 1, 1945
  15. ^ Assembly, published by the West Point Alumni Association, 1949, volumes 8 to 9, page 22
  16. ^ The Angels: a History of the 11th Airborne Division, E.M. Flanagan, 1989, page 397
  17. ^ Newspaper article, U.S. Reinforces Berlin Garrison, Toledo Blade, January 15, 1951
  18. ^ Web page, History of the Berlin Brigade Archived 2012-07-20 at Archive.today
  19. ^ Newspaper article, U.S. Will Relieve its Berlin Chief, New York Times, December 25, 1952
  20. ^ Newspaper article, To Take Over Post, by United Press International, published in Edwardsville (Illinois) Intelligencer, December 26, 1952
  21. ^ Newspaper article, 2 Generals Nominated by Ike for Promotions, Chicago Tribune, March 17, 1954
  22. ^ Notable Names in American History: a Tabulated Register, 1973, page 399
  23. ^ U.S. Army V Corps web site, leaders page Archived 2010-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Newspaper article, 6th Army Chief to Retire, New York Times, January 16, 1958
  25. ^ Newspaper article, Elizabeth on Way to Canada by Air, New York Times, October 12, 1957
  26. ^ Official Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General, 1960, page 1284
  27. ^ U.S. Government Manual, 1960, page 574
  28. ^ Annual Report, Organization of American States, 1961, page 11
  29. ^ Newspaper article, Gen. Mathewson Gets Defense Post, Hartford Courant, August 18, 1959
  30. ^ Newspaper article, Gen. Mathewson, Artilleryman, 70; Commander in Berlin From 1951 to 1953 Is Dead, New York Times, March 1, 1970
  31. ^ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nationwide Grave Site Locator
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert N. Young
Commanding General of the Sixth United States Army
Succeeded by
Charles D. Palmer