Fredrick Humphreys’ Fencing Uniform, USMA class of 1906. This cadet fencing uniform was worn by Humphreys after he lettered in fencing as a Firstie [what other universities would call a senior]. Fencers from West Point dominated collegiate fencing in the Northeast during the first decade of the twentieth century. They routinely won fencing meets against regional rivals such as Cornell, Columbia, Yale, Penn, Harvard, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
On 26 October 1909, Lieutenant Humphreys would go on to become the first Army aviator to successfully fly solo as part of his duties. He took to the skies after receiving a short three hours of instruction from the Wright Brothers.
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