NWS Buffalo, New York
General Albert J. Myer (1829-1880)*

Albert J. Myer was born in Newburgh, NY on September 20, 1829. Orphaned at the age of seven, he was raised by his aunt in Buffalo.

He attended Buffalo Medical College and graduated in 1851. From 1854 through 1869 he served as Assistant Surgeon in the US Army.

While serving in the West, he was inspired by the signaling system of the Native Americans and developed the "wig-wag" military signaling system adopted for use by the government in 1858.

Myer was appointed the Chief Signal Officer and head of the new Army Signal Corps. It was during his command that the precursor to the US Weather Service was formed.

Brigadier General Myer has been recognized by many as the "founder and father" of the US Weather Bureau. He displayed brave leadership with imaginative ideas and foresight from 1870 until his death in 1880 and deserves much of the credit for the new agency's success. Myer organized the agency in an effective manner, resulting in minimal internal strife. He stressed public service, and the personnel of the weather agency knew their job was service to others.

General Albert Myer died August 24, 1880 in Buffalo's Palace Hotel overlooking Lake Erie. His remains are interred at Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Walden-Myer Mausoleum.

*Information on General Albert J. Myer was provided by lead forecaster and history honcho Judy Levan. 
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