Dewey, George, 1837-1917

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Birth 1837-12-26
Death 1917-01-16
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Dewey was the victor of the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War.

From the description of Letter, October 19, 1907. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 708239635

From the description of Letter, May 7, 1904. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 707477991

U. S. Admiral and hero of the battle of Manila Bay.

From the description of George Dewey letter to S. S. McClure [manuscript], 1899 November 27. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 407784331

Naval officer George Dewey took command of the flagship U.S. Olympia as head of the Asiatic squadron in 1898. During the Spanish-American War, his fleet defeated that of the Spanish at Manila Bay in the spring of 1898. In 1899, Dewey was appointed Admiral of the Navy.

From the description of George Dewey letter : ALS, [1888 or 1889]. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122509444

George Dewey graduated from the U.S. naval Academy in 1858. He served in the Civil War and in 1897 was named head of the Asiatic Squadron. Victor of the Battle of Manila Bay where he destroyed the Spanish squadron, he became a national hero and was given the rank of admiral of the Navy.

From the description of Letter, February 10, 1902. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 726152138

George Dewey, U.S. Naval officer, was born in 1837 and died in 1917. He was victor of the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War and became a national hero. He was given the special rank of Admiral of the Navy and exempt from retirement. He remained on active duty until his death.

From the description of Purchase requisition, May 4, 1899. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 739098302

From the description of Letter, December 18, 1906. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 730450185

From the description of Letter, January 26, 1899. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17966422

Admiral George Dewey was born on December 26, 1837, in Montpelier, VT. An 1858 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Dewey served under Admiral Farragut during the Civil War and was involved in blockading Confederate ports. Dewey is most famous for his victory in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. He slipped past the Spanish forces on Corregidor on April 30 but had to wait for extra forces to help him capture Manila on August 13. He remained on active duty until his death on January 16, 1917, in Washington, DC.

From the description of Signature, March 31, 1905. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 46326575

From the description of Signature and photograph, [n.d.] (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 46343987

Admiral of the United States Navy.

From the description of Letter : Washington, to The Art Lovers' League, Buffalo, N.Y., 1903 Mar. 26. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 57008579

George Dewey was the victor of the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. He was hailed as a national hero and given the rank of Admiral of the Navy. He was chairman of the General Board and was on active service through retirement.

From the description of Letter, November 4, 1902. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 739936850

Naval officer.

From the description of George Dewey papers, 1805-1949 (bulk 1885-1931). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980071

From the description of Papers of George Dewey, 1890-1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130892

George Dewey (1837-1917) was born in Montpelier, Vermont. He was an admiral of the United States Navy, best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. He was the only person in the United States to attain the rank of Admiral of the Navy, the senior-most rank in the U.S. Navy.

From the description of Dewey, George, 1837-1917 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10581414

George Dewey, U.S. Naval officer, was born in Montpelier, VT and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1858. He served in the Civil War, and during the Spanish-American War he was commander of the Asiatic Squadron and defeated the Spanish forces at the Battle of Manila Bay. As a result, he received the special rank of Admiral of the Navy.

From the description of Letter, June 26, 1905. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 733772653

From the description of Signature, n.d. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 728648158

George Dewey (1837-1917) was an American naval officer, celebrated in the Spanish-American War as "the hero of Manila Bay" for his victory in that battle without the loss of a single one of his own forces.

Born in Montpelier, Vermont, George Dewey attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Upon his graduation in 1861 he was commissioned a lieutenant and assigned as the Executive Officer for the Mississippi, a large and heavily armed ship in the fleeet of Commander David Farragut. Dewey proved an extremely skillful pilot in the Battle of New Orleans; he was eventually assigned as Executive Officer of Farragut's flagship and the two developed a close friendship.

Following the Civil War Dewey continued his naval career, serving various tours of duty including Chief of the Bureau of Equipment and President of the Board of Inspection and Survey, and seeing regular promotion. In 1898 Dewey took command of the Asiatic Squadron. He drilled the crews and overhauled his ships in Hong Kong, waiting for word of the declaration of war with Spain. When it came, Dewey proceeded immediately to Manila Bay where he destroyed the entire Spanish squadron with only eight American casualties, taking the city and remaining there for about a year. Upon his return to the United States he was greeted with tremendous public enthusiasm. Dewey served as President of the General Board of the Navy from 1900 until his death in 1917.

From the guide to the George Dewey Correspondence, 1844-1912, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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Subjects:

  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  • Naval history
  • Admirals--Correspondence
  • Military history
  • Spanish--American War, 1898--Campaigns
  • Navigation (Aeronautics)--Maps
  • Spanish--American War, 1898
  • Manila Bay, Battle of, Philippines, 1898
  • Naval art and science
  • Treasury Department
  • Admirals--United States
  • Admirals
  • Aeronautics--Maps
  • Light House Board

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  • Naval officers
  • Admirals

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  • To 1900 (as recorded)
  • Asia (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Sitka (Alaska) (as recorded)
  • Manila (Philippines) (as recorded)
  • Philippines (as recorded)
  • Panama Canal (Panama) (as recorded)
  • Panama (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)