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Stephen Field DenbyRoster ID 4483
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1899|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Stephen F. Denby, Class of 1899: Genealogy: Born- Oct. 7, 1877 in Washington, D.C. Father- Wythe Denby; Mother- Elizabeth Beale. Pat. Grandfather- Nathaniel Denby; Pat. Grandmother- Jane Harvey. Mat. Grandfather- Robert Beale; Mat. Grandmother- Elizabeth Forbes. Married- No information on whether he was married or had children. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Sept. 4, 1895; Graduated Sept. 1, 1899 Careers: After leaving VMI he was a chainman and rodman in the Engineering Dept. of Washington D.C., resigning Aug. 15, 1900 to accept an appointment in the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service. On Oct. 1, 1900, he reported for duty at Shanghai, China and served at the Drawback desk in the General Office until Nov. 15, 1900, when he transferred to Peking by order of the Inspector General of Customs, Sir. Robert Hart. From Dec. 5, 1900 to Oct. 17, 1901 he studied the Chinese language in Peking. From Nov. 1, 1901 to June 1, 1902 he served as Assistant in Charge of at Chefoo, China. From June 2, 1902 to March 31, 1903 he served as Accountant at the Custom House in Newchwang, Manchuria. From April 9, 1903 to March 31, 1904 he was Assistant in Charge of General Office and Accountant at the Custom House in Hoihow, Island of Hoinan in South China. He then moved to the Customs House at Canton where he was located until 1905 and then in 1907 he relocated to Kongmoon, West River, about 90 miles from Hong Kong. He remained in China for some time. In 1915 he was an engineer with the U.S. Customs Service in Shanghai. During World War I he was connected with the War Trade Board. After the War in 1919 he was connected with the U.S. Shipping Board, traveling all over the world collecting information about ports and cargos. This led to a connection with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington where he relocated to in 1924. Died- Nov. 28, 1932.|