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George Owen Squire
March 21, 1865(1865-03-21) – March 24, 1934 (aged 71)
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Major General George Owen Squier
Place of birth Dryden, Michigan
Place of death Washington, D.C.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1887-1924
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief Signal Officer
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Order of St Michael and St George
Order of the Crown of Italy
Legion of Honor
Other work businessman, scientist

Major General George Owen Squier (March 21, 1863 - March 24, 1934) was born in Dryden, Michigan, United States. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1887 and received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1893.

circa 1916

George Squier wrote and edited many books and articles on the subject of radio and electricity. An inventor, his biggest contribution was that of multiplexing in 1910 for which he was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1919.

As executive officer to the Chief Signal Officer, U.S. Signal Corps, Squier was instrumental in the establishment of the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps, the first organizational ancestor of the US Air Force in 1907. He also was the first military passenger in an airplane on September 12, 1908, and working with the Wright Brothers was responsible for the purchase of the first airplanes by the US Army in 1909. From May 1916 to February 1917 he was Chief of the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, the first successor of the Aeronautical Division, before being promoted to major general and appointed Chief Signal Officer during World War I.

In 1922 he created Wired Radio, a service that piped music to businesses and subscribers over wires. Liking how 'Kodak' was a made up name, in 1934, he decided later to change the service's name to 'Muzak'.

Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest it was pronounced like the word square.[1]

He died in 1934 of pneumonia.

In 1943, the U.S. Navy named troopship USS General G. O. Squier (AP-130) in his honor. It was the lead ship of its class, which was known as the General G. O. Squier class of transport ships.



  1. ^ Funk, Charles Earle (1936). What's the name, please? A guide to the correct pronunciation of current prominent names. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. OCLC 1463642. 

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