|George Albert Converse|
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George A. Converse
|Born||May 13, 1844|
|Died||March 29, 1909(aged 64)|
|Place of birth||Norwich, Vermont|
|Place of death||Washington, D.C.|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1861-1906|
Chief of the Bureaus of Equipment, Ordnance, and Navigation
George Albert Converse (13 May 1844 – 29 March 1909) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy, who was noted for his contributions to naval engineering. He saw service in the Spanish-American War.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Converse was born on 13 May 1844 in Norwich, Vermont, where he also attended Norwich University and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.
Military career[edit | edit source]
Converse was appointed midshipman 29 November 1861. He was a pioneer in the use of electricity on board men-of-war, in experimentation with and introduction of smokeless powder in the Navy, and in development of torpedo boats. In command of Montgomery (C-9) from 1897 to 1899 he took an active part in operations off the coast of Cuba with Admiral William T. Sampson's squadron during the Spanish-American War. Commanding officer of USS Illinois (BB-7) from her commissioning in 1901 to 1903. From 1903 to 1906 he served successively as Chief of the Bureaus of Equipment, Ordnance, and Navigation, continuing as Chief of the latter Bureau for a year after his retirement in 1906. He died in Washington, D.C., 29 March 1909.
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References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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