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Leary, Richard Phillips 1860-

Naval officer; born in Baltimore, Md.; graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1860; became ensign in October, 1863; master in May, 1866; lieutenant in February, 1867; lieutenant-commander in March, 1868; commander in June, 1882; and captain in April, 1897. During 1863-65 he served on the blockading squadron off Charleston, S. C. In 1888 he was senior naval officer at Samoa during the revolution in which the Tamasese government was overthrown. In recognition of his meritorious services at that time, the Maryland legislature voted him a gold medal. In 1897-98 he was in command of the cruiser San Francisco, which convoyed to the United States the New Orleans, the American name of one of two vessels built for the Brazilian government in London and purchased by the United States immediately before the declaration of war against Spain. At the close of the war with Spain he was appointed the first American governor of the island of Guam. He was relieved of this post at his own request, in April, 1900. See Agana; Guam.

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