Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Rossell G. O'Brien (1846-1914) - Started Tradition of Standing During National Anthem
[O'Brien gravesite photo by Michael Colbruno]
Rossell O'Brien entered the military during the American Civil War enlisting in Company D of the 134th Illinois Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant. After the war, O'Brien stayed in the military and eventually reached the rank of Brigadier General.
He is most notably known as being the man who started the custom of standing and removing your hat during the playing of the National Anthem.
In 1892, O'Brien was elected the 15th mayor of Olympia, Washington. The next year, in 1893, he became adjutant-general of the state of Washington, serving until 1897.
Posted by Michael at 9:08 PM