3 Famous West Point Dropouts

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3 Famous West Point Dropouts

3 Famous West Point Dropouts

West Point Military Academy is located in Orange County overlooking the Hudson River. It was established in January of 1778 by the Continental Army. It serves as a four-year coeducational federal service academy in which hopeful members must apply directly and be nominated for consideration into the academy. West Point is the alma mater for many important who’s who of the military and government world, but it also has had some pretty famous students who never graduated.

Edgar Allan Poe

From 1830 to 1831, Poe attended West Point as a non-commissioned officer  for the US Army. Poe never had any major aspirations for the military but had attended because of his foster-father. After Poe’s mother died his foster-father remarried to a woman whom Poe despised and often had arguments with leading to him being excluded from the will. His foster-father soon disowned Poe after his remarriage, causing Poe to orchestrate his own expulsion from West Point.

Poe neglected duties and dedicated his time to writing poetry. The Academy wasn’t too keen on this and court-martialed Poe, who was no free to write his famous works.

Poe

Maynard James Keenan 

Keenan, lead singer of Tool and fellow Ravenna, Ohioan didn’t immediately go into music as a young man. He served as a forward observer in the Army and attended West Point. Keenan excelled in difficult math and English requirements, ran cross country and sang in the glee club. He also excelled in basic and advanced training. So why did he leave?

Keenan began to disagree with the values he was being taught by colleagues, around the same time he began going by the name “Maynard”. He knew the Acadamy wouldn’t accept his new lot on life so he declined an invitation to go further.

Maynard James Keenan of Tool   (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

Maynard James Keenan of Tool (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

Timothy Leary 

It’s no surprise at all that the godfather of LSD got the boot from the most prestigious of American military schools. After being pressured by his father, Leary joined the Acadamy around 1940. Almost immediately, he began accumulating demerits for rule infractions. He got into serious trouble after failing to report infractions of others while on supervisor duty.

Leary was encouraged to resign by the board at West Point after failing to admit to a night of binge drinking. He refused to resign and was shunned by the entire Acadamy. Essentially he was given the silent treatment by any and all persons on campus, he also continued to receive demerits. After the treatment continued into his sophomore year, Leary’s mother got a family friend involved. After some negotiating the board agreed to give Leary a fair chance and the shunning after. After Leary got just treatment and the board had to apologize, Leary resigned on his own free will.

Leary

Related topics edgar allan poe, Maynard James Keenan, Timothy Leary, West Point
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