An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps

An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps

July 11, 1798, in Marine Corps history.

On July 11, 1798, second President of the United States, John Adams, approved "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps", and it became law. The following day, President Adams appointed William Ward Burrows the Major Commandant of the new Corps. In August, Major Burrows opened his headquarters in Philadelphia, which, at the time, was still the capital of our young nation.


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