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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Naval order of the United States, (search)
anization consisting of a general commandery and commanderies in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Illinois, and in the District of Columbia. The first commandery was founded at Boston, Mass., July 4, 1890, and the general commandery June 19, 1893. The membership clause of the constitution provides for two classes of members: First, veteran officers and their male descendants; second, enlisted men who have received the United States naval medal of honor for bravery in the face of the enemy. The officers of the general commandery in 1900 were: General-Commander, Rear-Admiral John G. Walker; Vice-General-Commanders, Admiral George Dewey, Rear-Admiral George E. Belknap, Col. John Biddle Porter; General-Recorder, Lieut.-Com. Leonard Chenery; Assistant General-Recorder, Rodney Macdonough; General-Treasurer, Jarvis B. Edson; General-Registrar, J. V. P. Turner; General-Historian, Capt. R. S. Collum; General-Chaplain, Rev. George Williamson Smith, D. D. naval ships
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Walker, James Bradford Richmond 1821- (search)
Walker, James Bradford Richmond 1821- Clergyman; born in Taunton, Mass., April 15, 1821; graduated at Brown University in 1841 and at Andover Theological Seminary in 1846; was ordained pastor in the Congregational Church in Bucksport, Me., in 1847; held charges in Holyoke, Mass., in 1855-64; and in Hartford, Conn., in 1864-67. He then turned his attention to literature. His publications include Memorial of the walkers of the old Plymouth colony, and The genealogy of John Richmond. John Grimes Walker.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Walker, John Grimes 1835- (search)
Walker, John Grimes 1835- Naval officer; born in Hillsboro, N. H., March 20, 1835; graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1856. In the Civil War he took part in the capture of New Orleans, in operations against Vicksburg, almost all the battles on the Mississippi River in 1862 and 1863; and commanded the gunboat Shawmut in the capture of Wilmington, N. C. He was secretary of the lighthouse board in 1873-78; chief of the bureau of navigation in 1881-89; was promoted commodore in 1889 and rear-admiral in 1894; was then assigned to command the Pacific Station; and was retired in 1897. He was president of the naval retiring board in 1895; chairman of the light-house board in 1895-96, and of the commission for the location of a deepwater harbor on the coast of southern California in 1896-97; president of the Nicaragua Canal commission in 1897-99, and of the Isthmian Canal commission since 1899.