George H. Torney

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George H. Torney
Born June 1, 1850
Baltimore, Maryland
Died December 27, 1913 (1913-12-28) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
United States Army
Years of service 1871–1875
Commands held Surgeon General of the United States Army

Brigadier General George Henry Torney (June 1, 1850 – December 27, 1913) was a physician in the United States Navy and Army who served as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States Army.

Torney was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1850. He was the son of John B. and Mary M. (Peacock) Torney.[1] He began his education at Carroll University in New Windsor, Maryland and received his medical training at the University of Virginia – graduating in 1870[1] – and began his military career in the United States Navy as an assistant surgeon of the Navy in 1871. He resigned from the Navy in 1875 and was appointed first lieutenant assistant surgeon of the United States Army. During the Spanish–American War, he served on the hospital ship Relief, transporting sick and injured soldiers between Cuba and Puerto Rico. He also served in the Philippines from 1902 to 1903, where he was in charge of the First Reserve Hospital in Manila.[1] From 1904 to 1908, he served in California in command of the General Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco.[1] In 1909, he was appointed Surgeon General of the United States Army, a position which he held until the time of his death. He died of bronchial pneumonia at his home in Washington, D.C. in December 1913.[2][3][4]

During World War II, the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs, California, was taken over and operated as the United States Army Torney General Hospital, named in his honor.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary". The Military Surgeon. pp. 196–198. 
  2. ^ "Death of Surgeon General of United States Army". Reading Eagle. 1913-12-27. 
  3. ^ "SURGEON GENERAL G. H. TORNEY DEAD IN WASHINGTON HOME: Had Been in Navy and Army Since 1871 and Saw Much Rigorous Service". Boston Daily Globe. 1913-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Dies as His Son Weds: Death of Army's Surgeon General After H.W. Torney's Marriage" (PDF). The New York Times. 1913-12-28. 
  5. ^ Niemann, Greg (2006). "Ch. 23: El Mirador Draws the Celebrities". Palm Springs Legends: creation of a desert oasis. San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1. OCLC 61211290.  (here for Table of Contents)
  6. ^ "Torney General Hospital". Historic California Posts. The California State Military Museum.