The First Paymaster
If it came to a plebiscite to select what Marine could best be done away with the fellow that pays us the money would certainly not head the list.
Although the Act of July 11, 1798, that brought into being the Corps as it exists today, authorized Major-Commandant William Ward Burrows to appoint an Adjutant, a paymaster, and a Quartermaster to serve on his staff ashore, it was not until April, 1799, that James Thompson was appointed to act as paymaster of the Marine Corps.
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