David Porter Heap

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David Porter Heap
Heap, Lieutenant-Colonel David Porter.jpg
Born(1843-03-24)March 24, 1843
San Stefano, Turkey
DiedOctober 25, 1910(1910-10-25) (aged 67)
Pasadena, California
Place of burial
Arlington National Cemetery, DC
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1864-1905
RankBrigadier General
UnitUnited States Army Corps of Engineers
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

David Porter Heap (March 24, 1843 – October 25, 1910) was an American engineer, born in San Stefano, Turkey, and educated at Georgetown College, and at West Point, where he graduated in 1864. He served with the Army of the Potomac and was breveted captain on April 2, 1865. Two years later he received his commission as captain in the Corps of Engineers.

Early on he was employed in building fortifications and improving harbors. Later he served with the US Lighthouse Service in various capacities, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1895, and to colonel in 1903. He retired in 1905 as brigadier general, and died in Pasadena, California in 1910.

His publications include:

Engineer Department U.S. Army at the International Exhibition (1876);
The Paris Electrical Exhibition (1881);
History of the Application of the Electric to Lighting the Coasts of France (1883);
Electrical Appliances of the Present Day (1884);
Ancient and Modern Lighthouses (1887);
Patent 543730 for Light Signal (1895).


  • "David Porter Heap". Yellowstone National Park:Its Exploration and Establishment-Biographical Appendix: F-L. National Park Service. Retrieved 12 December 2008.