George Dewey

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Birthday
26, 1837
Birthplace
Vermont
Death Date
Jan 16, 1917 (79)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
26, 1837
Birthplace
Vermont
Death Date
Jan 16, 1917 (79)

About

Military veteran notable for becoming the first person in United States history to attain the rank of Admiral of the Navy. As Admiral, he became famous for his victory in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War.

Before Fame

He began attending Norwich Military School in 1852 and was admitted into the Naval Academy in 1854.

Trivia

A special military decoration, the Dewey Medal, was created in his honor, making him one of the small handful of Americans ever to wear a governmental medal bearing his own image.

Family Life

He married his first wife Susan, with whom he had a son named George, in October 1867. After her death, he got remarried to Mildred M. Hazen.

Associated With

He was a frequent horseback-riding partner of President Theodore Roosevelt.