Benson, William Shepherd, 1855-1932Variant names
William Shepherd Benson (1855-1932) was the first Chief of Naval Operations, serving from May 11, 1915 to September 25, 1919.
From the description of Benson, William Shepherd, 1855-1932 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10569386
U.S. naval officer and public official.
From the description of William Shepherd Benson papers, circa 1791-1952 (bulk 1915-1928). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981098
Epithet: US admiral
British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000471.0x000140
1855, Sept. 25:
Born, Macon, Bibb County, Ga.
Graduated, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
1877- 1888: Duty in Hartford (sloop), Constitution (frigate), and Yantic (gunboat)
Married Mary Augusta Wyse
1888- 1889: Duty in Dolphin (despatch boat)
1890- 1893: Duty at the Coast and Geodetic Survey, Lighthouse Survey, and as instructor, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Promoted to lieutenant
1896- 1898: Instructor, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
1901- 1903: Assistant to the commandant of midshipmen, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Promoted to commander
1907- 1908: Commandant of midshipmen, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
1908- 1910: Commanded Albany (cruiser), Pacific Fleet, and chief of staff of the fleet
Promoted to captain
1910- 1913: Commanded Utah (battleship), flagship of the Atlantic Fleet
1913- 1915: Commandant, United States Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa.
Promoted to rear admiral
1915- 1919: Chief of naval operations
Promoted to admiral
Member, House Mission; appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to confer with Allied and Associated Powers in Europe
1918- 1919: Member of special mission abroad; naval representative in drawing up naval terms of armistice with Central Powers; naval adviser to American Commission to Negotiate Peace
Retired from United States Navy
1920- 1921: Chairman, United States Shipping Board
1921- 1925: President, National Council of Catholic Men
1921- 1928: Commissioner, United States Shipping Board
Published The Merchant Marine. New York: Macmillan
1932, May 20:
Died, Washington, D.C.
From the guide to the William Shepherd Benson Papers, circa 1791-1952, (bulk 1915-1928), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
|Place Name||Admin Code||Country|
|World War, 1914-1918--Peace|
|Merchant marine--United States|
|Navy-yards and naval stations|
|Navy-yards and naval stations--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia|
|World War, 1914-1918--Naval operations, American|