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Wilson, Theodore Delevan 1840-1896 Naval constructor; born in Brooklyn, N. Y., May 11, 1840; was apprenticed as a shipwright in the Brooklyn navy-yard; was a non-commissioned officer in the National army during the early part of the Civil War; later was appointed a carpenter in the navy, and assigned to duty on the steamer Cambridge of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, and served till 1864, during which time he took an active part in numerous engagements. On May 17, 1866, he was appointed assistant naval constructor and ordered to the navy-yard at Pensacola; in the following year was transferred to the League Island navyyard; and two years later was detached from the latter and appointed instructor of naval architecture and ship-building in the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned naval constructor in 1873; and appointed chief of the bureau of construction and repair in 1882, 1886, and 1891. While chief of the bureau he designed several of the modern ships of