Master Of The Sword

The Best Job Title Ever

In 1846, the weapon of choice for Army Officers was the saber.  At West Point, the Academy for training officers for the Army, they needed someone to teach the cadets how to use the saber.

They went to Paris, France and selected a “Fencing Master”, Patrice d’Janon, to come to West Point and gave him the title of “Master of the Sword”.  His job was to teach swordsmanship, military drill, and to teach the cadets to dance.

The title, “Master of the Sword” is still used today by the man or woman who is the Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Education.   That was General Jim Anderson’s job title.  The Best Job Title Ever!