Rowan, Stephen C. (Stephen Clegg), 1808-1890

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1808-12-25
Death 1890-03-31

Biographical notes:

Naval officer.

From the description of Papers of Stephen C. Rowan, 1826-1890 (bulk 1841-1870). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81338838

Rowan was chairman of the Lighthouse Board in 1877.

From the description of Letter, May 16, 1877. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 706098573

Biographical Note

  • 1808, Dec. 25: Born, near Dublin, Ireland
  • 1818: Immigrated to United States
  • 1826: Appointed midshipman, U.S. Navy Served duty on Vincennes (sloop-of-war), first American man-of-war to circumnavigate the globe
  • 1834: Served duty on Vandalia (sloop), West India squadron
  • 1837: Promoted to lieutenant Served duty on Relief (ship), Brazil station
  • 1841 - 1844 : Served duty on Delaware (ship-of-the-line), Brazil and Mediterranean stations
  • 1845: Made executive officer of Cyane (sloop), Pacific station
  • 1850 - 1853 : Served as ordnance inspector, U.S. Navy Yard, New York, N.Y
  • 1855: Promoted to commander Commanded Relief (ship), Brazil station
  • 1861: Commanded Pawnee (screw sloop-of-war) during Abraham Lincoln's inauguration Directed fist shot fired from naval vessel in Civil War against batteries at Aquia Creek, Va.
  • 1862: Promoted to commodore Assisted General Ambrose Everett Burnside in destruction of Confederate gunboat and capture of Roanoke Island, Va. Attacked Cable's Point on Pasquotank River, N.C., destroyed fort, and captured or routed Confederate squadron Assisted U.S. Army in capture of New Bern, N.C.
  • 1863: Commanded New Ironsides (ironclad steamer), Charleston Harbor, S.C.
  • 1864: Commanded naval flotilla, North Carolina Sound
  • 1866: Promoted to rear admiral
  • 1866 - 1867 : Served as commandant, U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.
  • 1867 - 1870 : Served as commander in chief, Asiatic Squadron
  • 1870: Promoted to vice admiral
  • 1872 - 1876 : Served as commandant, U.S. Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.
  • 1881: Appointed governor, U.S. Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1882: Appointed superintendent, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.
  • 1889: Retired from U.S. Navy
  • 1890, Mar. 31: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Stephen C. Rowan Papers, 1826-1890, (bulk 1841-1870), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns--California
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848--Naval operations, American

Occupations:

  • Naval officers

Places:

  • South Carolina (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Charleston Harbor (S.C.) (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Charleston (S.C.) (as recorded)
  • Charleston Harbor (S.C.) (as recorded)
  • South Carolina (as recorded)
  • Charleston (S.C.) (as recorded)