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1866 - July 25 – The United States Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army (now called "5-star general"); Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to have this rank.

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FROM WASHINGTON.
The President Signs the Bill Reviving the Grade of General - General Grant Nominated - Vice-admiral Farragut Appointed Admiral.

WASHINGTON, July 25. - The President has signed the bill reviving the grade of General in the army of the United States, and this afternoon nominated to the Senate Lieutenant-general Grant for that office, and Vice-admiral Farragut to be Admiral in the Navy under a recent law.


The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati, Ohio
July 26, 1866

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