Sperry, Charles S. (Charles Stillman), 1847-1911

Alternative names
Birth 1847-09-03
Death 1911-02-01

Biographical notes:

Charles S. Sperry graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1886. He was CO of the USS Yorktown in 1898, and senior officer of the southern squadron of the Asiatic Fleet. He served as president of the Naval War College, 1903-1906. As CIC of the U.S. Battle Fleet, he led the Great White Fleet during its cruise around the world in 1908-1909. He retired from the Navy in 1909 and died in 1911.

From the description of Papers, 1908. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 754110341

Naval officer and diplomat.

From the description of Papers of Charles S. Sperry, 1862-1912 (bulk 1900-1911). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455789

Naval officer.

From the description of Papers of Charles S. Sperry, 1899. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71014439

Biographical Note

  • 1847, Sept. 3: Born, Brooklyn, N. Y.
  • 1866: Graduated, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Duty in USS Sacramento
  • 1868: Duty in USS Kearsarge
  • 1871: Duty in storeship Supply
  • 1872: Duty in USS Worcester, North Atlantic Squadron
  • 1874: Duty at U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1877: Married Edith Marcy
  • 1878: Duty in USS Richmond
  • 1884: Executive officer, USS Quinnebaug, European Station
  • 1887: Duty at U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1891: Executive officer, USS Chicago, South Atlantic Station
  • 1894: Duty in Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1895: Ordnance officer, Navy Yard, New York, N.Y
  • 1898: Commander, USS Yorktown, Philippines
  • 1900: Duty in Bureau of Equipment, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1901: Commander, USS New Orleans, Asiatic Station
  • 1903: Senior officer, Southern Squadron, Asiatic Station
  • 1904: President, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  • 1906: Promoted to rear admiral Delegate, International Conference on the Revision of the Geneva Convention of August 22, 1864, for treatment of the sick and wounded
  • 1907: U.S. naval delegate, Second Hague Conference
  • 1908 - 1909 : Commander in chief of the Battle Fleet, cruise around the world
  • 1909: Senior member, Board on Revision of Navy Regulations Retired
  • 1911, Feb. 1: Died, Washington, D.C

From the guide to the Charles S. Sperry Papers, 1862-1912, (bulk 1900-1911), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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  • Voyages around the world
  • War, Maritime (International law)
  • International law
  • Aggression (International law)
  • Neutrality
  • Spanish--American War, 1898--Naval operations, American


  • Naval officers
  • Diplomats


  • Sydney (N.S.W.) (as recorded)
  • Tokyo (Japan) (as recorded)
  • Manila (Philippines) (as recorded)