Standley, William Harrison, 1872-1963

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Naval officer and U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.

From the description of William Harrison Standley papers, 1895-1963 (bulk 1940-1960). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71060353

William Harrison Standley (1872-1963) was a naval officer, and Chief of Naval Operations from July 1, 1933 to January 1, 1937.

From the description of Standley, William Harrison, 1872-1963 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10576083

William H. Standley was Chief of Naval Operations, 1933-1937. His career posts included Commandant of Midshipment, USNA, 1918-1919 and CO, Battle Force, USFLT, 1933. He attended the Naval War College, 1920-21. He retired in 1937 and served as US Ambassador to Russia, 1942-1943 and as a member of the Pearl Harbor Roberts Commission.

From the description of Message, ca. 1937. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 732638628

Biographical Note

  • 1872, Dec. 18: Born, Ukiah, Calif.
  • 1895: Graduated, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Duty on Olympia (cruiser), Asiatic Station
  • 1898: Married Evelyn Curtis
  • 1911 - 1914 : Aide to the commandant, U.S. Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif.
  • 1915 - 1916 : Commanded Yorktown (gunboat)
  • 1916 - 1919 : Duty at U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1924: Senior member, Joint Planning Committee, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
  • 1928 - 1930 : Assistant chief, Naval Operations
  • 1931 - 1933 : Commander of cruisers, U.S. Fleet and Scouting Force
  • 1933: Promoted to admiral
  • 1933 - 1937 : Chief, Naval Operations
  • 1935: Delegate, London Disarmament Conference, London, England
  • 1937: Retired from U.S. Navy
  • 1937 - 1939 : Director and consultant, Electric Boat Co., New London, Conn.
  • 1942 - 1943 : Ambassador to the Soviet Union
  • 1944: Recalled to active duty, U.S. Navy
  • 1945: Retired from U.S. Navy
  • 1955: Published with Arthur A. Ageton Admiral Ambassador to Russia. Chicago: H. Regnery Co.
  • 1963, Oct. 25: Died, San Diego, Calif.

From the guide to the William Harrison Standley Papers, 1895-1963, (bulk 1940-1960), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Relation Name
associatedWith American Legion of California. corporateBody
correspondedWith Baldridge, Harry Alexander, 1880-1952. person
correspondedWith Belknap, Reginald Rowan, 1871-1959 person
correspondedWith Buchman, Frank Nathan Daniel, 1878-1961 person
correspondedWith Crommelin, John G. person
correspondedWith Crommelin, John G. person
correspondedWith Henderson, Loy W. (Loy Wesley), 1892-1986 person
correspondedWith Howard, Roy Wilson, 1883-1964 person
correspondedWith Jenner, William E. (William Ezra), 1908- person
correspondedWith Knowland, William F. (William Fife), 1908-1974 person
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith New York World's Fair (1939-1940) corporateBody
correspondedWith Stanley, William person
correspondedWith Stanley, William person
correspondedWith Taylor, Montgomery Meigs, 1869-1952. person
correspondedWith Walsh, David I. (David Ignatius), 1872-1947 person
correspondedWith Willson, Russell, 1883-1948 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Soviet Union
United States
Soviet Union
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Anti-communist movements
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Soviet Union
Naval officers


Birth 1872-12-18

Death 1963-10-25




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