Naval officer; born in Hillsboro, N. H.
, March 20, 1835; graduated at the United States
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.