Emmons, George F. (George Foster), 1811-1884

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George Foster Emmons, naval officer, commissioned Commodore in 1868, was then assigned to the Hydrographic Office in Washington and commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He retired in 1873. His son, George Thornton Emmons, attended the Naval Academy.

From the description of Letters to George Foster Emmons, 1866-1880. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78934254

From the description of Letters to George Foster Emmons, 1866-1880. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702162475

Captain of the U.S.S. Ossipee during the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the U.S.

From the description of Journal of Captain George Foster Emmons while commanding the U.S.S. Ossipee, [microform] 1866 October 11 to 1867 December 31. (Alaska State Library). WorldCat record id: 42066743

George Foster Emmons was born on August 23, 1811, in Clarendon, VT. He entered the Navy in 1828 and was promoted to passed midshipman in 1834. He was a member of the U.S. Exploring Expedition from 1838-1841, where he explored the Columbia River are and the San Francisco Bay region. During the Mexican War, he was in USS Ohio off the Mexican and California coasts. He was on active duty during the Civil War, where he participated in the blockade of the Gulf of Mexico and later commanded the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. He commanded the USS Ossipee during 1868. He retired in 1872 with the rank of rear admiral and settled in Princeton, NJ, where he died in 1884.

From the description of Papers, 1828-1851. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 758671898

George Foster Emmons (1811-1884), appointed a midshipman in 1828, served on the frigate Brandywine in the Mediterranean 1830-1833, served on the Peacock in the Wilkes Expedition 1838-1842, joined the ship Boston of the Brazil Squadron, and served on the Ohio as part of the Pacific Squadron. He was commissioned commodore in 1868 and spent the rest of his career on shore at the Hydrographic Office in Washington and as commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

From the description of George Foster Emmons papers, 1828-1850. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702127441

From letter included with journal and letter: "Lieutenant George Foster Emmons, U.S. Navy, [was] attached to the U.S. Exploring Expedition; who after the wreck of the Sloop-of-war "Peacock" at the mouth of the Columbia River, July 18, 1841, took charge of a party of Scientists of the Expedition, and others, and made his way overland through a comparatively unexplored country to San Francisco Bay, rejoining the squadron."

From the description of George F. Emmons papers [manuscript], 1841 July 25 - Sept. 16. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library). WorldCat record id: 663890993

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referencedIn Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. Letter, November 2, 1868. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
creatorOf Emmons, George F. (George Foster), 1811-1884. Papers, 1828-1851. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
referencedIn Emmons, George Thornton. George Thornton Emmons biographical sketch of his father, Rear-Admiral George F. Emmons : ms. California Digital Library
referencedIn Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870. Letter, May 27, 1867. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
creatorOf Emmons, George Foster, 1811-1884. Letters to George Foster Emmons, 1866-1880. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Emmons, George F. (George Foster), 1811-1884. George Foster Emmons papers, 1849-1877. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn McCleery, Robert W., d. 1863. Papers of Robert W. McCleery, circa 1859-1863. Library of Congress
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Porter, David D. (David Dixon), 1813-1891. Letters : to Commodore G. F. Emmons / by David Dixon Porter, 1871. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Emmons, George Foster, 1811-1884. George Foster Emmons papers, 1828-1850. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Emmons, George Foster. Journal of Captain George Foster Emmons while commanding the U.S.S. Ossipee, [microform] 1866 October 11 to 1867 December 31. Alaska State Library
creatorOf Emmons, George F. (George Foster), 1811-1884. George F. Emmons papers [manuscript], 1841 July 25 - Sept. 16. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Emmons, George Foster. Selection from journal of George F. Emmons regarding Alaska transfer, 1867. Alaska State Library
referencedIn Emmons family. Emmons family papers 1821-1925. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 52: Assistant Secretary, Incoming Correspondenc.
referencedIn Miscellaneous documents relating to Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1838-1948. Houghton Library
referencedIn United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842). Resolution. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn National Archives And Records Administration. Rg 37: Hydrographic Office.
referencedIn McDougall, Charles, d. 1885. Letter to G. Emmons / by Charles McDougall, 1836 May 24. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn SIA RU000026, Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Correspondence, 1863-1879 Smithsonian Institution Archives
creatorOf Emmons, George F. (George Foster), 1811-1884. Letters to George Foster Emmons, 1866-1880. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California. Letters of the Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California : New York, N.Y., to Rear Admiral George F. Emmons, Princeton, N.J., ALS, 1879 Aug. 1- 1883 Feb. 1. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Emmons, George F. (George Foster), 1811-1884. George Foster Emmons journal extract : typescript, [1867 Aug. 19-Nov. 2]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Emmons family papers, 1821-1925 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Emmons, George F. (George Foster), 1811-1884. George F. Emmons letter to H.H. Bancroft : Princeton, New Jersey, 1879 December 20. UC Berkeley Libraries
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associatedWith Alaska corporateBody
associatedWith Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California. corporateBody
correspondedWith Baird, Spencer F. person
associatedWith Botts, C. T. (Charles Tyler), 1809-1884. person
associatedWith Case, Augustus Ludlow, 1813-1893. person
associatedWith Colvocoresses, George Musalas, 1816-1872. person
associatedWith Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870. person
associatedWith Emmons family. family
associatedWith Emmons family. family
associatedWith Emmons, George Thornton. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Hydrographic Office corporateBody
associatedWith Maury, William L. person
associatedWith McCleery, Robert W., d. 1863. person
associatedWith McDougall, Charles, d. 1885. person
associatedWith Ohio (Ship of the line) corporateBody
associatedWith Ossipee (Sloop of war) corporateBody
associatedWith Ossipee (Steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Ossipee (Steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Peacock (Sloop of war : 1828-1841) corporateBody
associatedWith Perthes, Justus person
associatedWith Porter, David D. (David Dixon), 1813-1891. person
associatedWith Richardson, William Antonio, 1795-1856. person
associatedWith Rodgers, C. R. P. (Christopher Raymond Perry), 1819-1892. person
associatedWith Rousseau, Lovell Harrison, 1818-1869. person
associatedWith United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
associatedWith Warren (Sloop of war) corporateBody
associatedWith Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. person
associatedWith Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877. person
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West (U.S.)
California
United States
United States
Sausalito (Calif.)
Richardson Bay (Calif.)
Alaska
Northwest, Pacific
Antarctica
Washington (State)
Alaska
United States
United States
Russia
United States
Oceania
Oregon
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Smithsonian Exchange
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Scientific publications
Chinook Indians
Ships
Overland journeys to the Pacific--Personal narratives
Oceanography
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
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Seamen--United States
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Birth 1811-08-23

Death 1884-07-23

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