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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1906-1907, Bureau of Navigation
Service Years
1861 - 1906
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Home Town
Norwich, VT
Last Address
Washington D.C.

Date of Passing
Mar 29, 1909
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 2, Plot #967

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Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)
  1865, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) - Assoc. Page

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George Albert Converse
Rear Admiral, United States Navy

George Albert Converse (13 May 1844 – 29 March 1909) was an officer of the United States Navy, who was noted for his contributions to naval engineering. He saw service in the Spanish-American War. 

Born 13 May 1844 in Norwich, Vermont,where he also attended Norwich University and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. Converse was appointed Midshipman 29 November 1861. He was a pioneer in the use of electricity on oard 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, Construction 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.

Two destroyers have been named USS Converse in his honor.
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyBureau of Ordnance
  1861-1865, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1865-1867, USS CANANDAIGUA (Screw Sloop)
  1867-1869, USS Frolic (1862)
  1869-1870, Bureau of Navigation
  1870-1872, Bureau of Ordnance
  1872-1875, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1875-1878, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1878-1879, USS Marion
  1883-1884, USS Lancaster (1858) (Screw Sloop)
  1885-1888, Bureau of Ordnance
  1889-1890, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1890-1891, USS Enterprise (1874) Screw Sloop
  1891-1892, Bureau of Ordnance
  1897-1899, USS Montgomery (C-9)
  1901-1903, USS Illinois (BB-7)
  1903-1904, Bureau of Equipment
  1904-1905, Bureau of Ordnance
  1905-1906, Bureau of Construction, Equipment and Repair
  1906-1907, Bureau of Navigation
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Santiago
 Colleges Attended 
Norwich UniversityUnited States Naval Academy
  1858-1861, Norwich University
  1861-1865, United States Naval Academy
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