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Louis Chapin Covell
Louis C. Covell (US Army brigadier general).jpg
Born (1875-06-22)22 June 1875
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died 26 August 1952(1952-08-26) (aged 77)
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1892–1919
Rank Army-USA-OF-06.svgBrigadier general
Unit Michigan Army National Guard
Commands held 126th Infantry Regiment
63rd Infantry Brigade, 32nd Division
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I
Awards Croix de Guerre

Louis Chapin Covell (June 22, 1875 – August 26, 1952) was a United States army officer and business. He served in the Spanish–American War and World War I, and later worked for several automotive companies, including General Motors.

Early life

Covell was born on June 22, 1875 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Elliot Franklin Covell and Laura (Chapin) Covell. After graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1893, he worked at the Macey Company as an advertising and sales manager. In 1915 he was the organizer and president of Covell-Hensen Company, an advertising and printing company.

Military career

Covell enlisted in the Michigan National Guard on April 6, 1892. On June 26, 1895 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Covell served as a captain in the Spanish–American War, advanced to major in 1900 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1911. Covell became a brigadier general in the National Guard on February 7, 1917 and the National Army on August 5, 1917. He served during WWI in the American Expeditionary Force, commanding the 63rd Infantry Brigade. Covell received the French Croix de Guerre for his service and was discharged on February 17, 1919.

Later life and career

After returning to civilian life, Covell was a manager at the Reynolds Chrysler Company in Flint, Michigan and later a sales executive at General Motors in Detroit. In retirement, he lived in Maryland, New York and Virginia.

Death and burial

Covell died in Plymouth, Massachusetts on August 26, 1952. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was a member of the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution and the Military Order of Foreign Wars. Covell was also a Congregationalist, Freemason and Republican.


On 12 June 1906, Covell married Florence Holcomb Davidson (1879-1959). They were the parents of three sons: George Davidson (1907-1980), Louis Chapin (1909-2000), and Robert Leonard (1915-1987).

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