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Rear Admiral Lower Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
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1917-1919, Brooklyn, NY, Naval Special Services Administration Activity
Service Years
1869 - 1907
Rear Admiral Lower Half
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District Of Columbia
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Washington D.C.
Last Address
Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
May 30, 1926
Location of Interment
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Richard Graham Davenport
Commodore, United States Navy

Recalled to active duty during WWI as Rear Admiral

Born in District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., on January 11, 1849, the son of Captain Henry Kollock and Jennie Brent Graham Davenport, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from the State of Georgia on September 29, 1864 and graduted in 1869.

He served as an instructor of torpedoes-electricity, Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island, 1875 and 1881; Ordnance Instructor, Washington, D.C. Navy Yard in the winter of 1880-81; attended courses of lectures in international law and naval science, Naval War College, Newport, in the terms of 1887 and 1902.

He married Serena Hale Gilman on November 20, 1884.

He was originally commissioned an Ensign, July 12, 1870, and advanced through the grades, retiring after more than 42 years of service on June 30, 1907 as Commodore, while in command of the First Class Battleship USS Georgia. While on shore duty, he served as an aide to the Rear Admiral representing the Navy Department at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1875-76; temporary duty as the Chicago Exposition in 1893; served as a member of the Board of Civil Service Examiners for Nautical Experts; was President of the Permanent General Courts Martial and also as Navigation and Equipment Officer and senior member of the Board of Inspection, Labor Board and Wage Administration, Navy yard, Washington, D.C., May 1902 to August 1906; also a member of the US Navy Examining and Retiring Board, 1906; Assistant to the Chief, Bureau of Navigation, in charge of a detail of officers, 1897-98; and, from time to time, in charge of various divisions of the US Navy Hydrographic Office.

Afloat, he served as Midshipman and as Watch and Division Officer, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Pacific, Asiatic, Training and European Squadrons; as aide on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Asiatic Squadron; Flag Lieutenant to Commodore J. C. Watson during the Spanish-American War (1898-99); second in command of the fleet blockading on the coast of Cuba; later Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Squadron. Attached to and on the USS Oregon off Santiago, Cuba, when the Spanish General in command surrendered. As a Lieutenant Commander in command of USS Fishhawk, investigated the radius of dispersion of star fish in the waters of Narragansett Bay and, in 1898-99, with a party of scientists aboard, made a biological survey of waters around Puerto Rico; as a Commander, 1900-02, commanded the USS Training Ship Essex and as a Captain, commanded the Battleship USS Georgia at the opening of the Jamestown Exposition, 1907.

Awarded the West India Campaign Medal, War With Spain Medal, and the Sampson Medal, with bars, for naval engagements in the Spanish-American War. During World War I, he was on active duty at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, January 26, 1918-June 1, 1919, as Senior Member of the Permanent Board of Investigations.

He died on May 30, 1926 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery among other family members.
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The Society of the Sons of the Revolution
in the District of Columbia

Richard Graham DAVENPORT -- Elected February 19, 1891.
Commodore, U.S. Navy (Retired). 1441 Hopkins Street, Washington, D.C.
Great-grandson of Richard GRAHAM (1738-1796); Member of Committee of Safety and Observation of Prince William County, Virginia, and Commissioner of Revenue for the support of the Revolution.
Great-great-grandson of George BRENT (1730-1779); Member, Committee of Safety and Observation, Stafford County, Virginia.
Great-great-grandson of Charles JONES (1705-1797); Commissioner of Revenue for Support of the War, and first Judge of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1777.
Great-great-grandson of Samuel LOVE (Senior) (1718-1785); Member, Committee of Safety and Observation of Charles County, Maryland; also member, Maryland Convention, 1774.

General Society of the War of 1812

Elected 1891.
Lieutenant U. S. Navy, Navy Department, Washington, D. C.
Grandson of Isaiah Davenport, Private in Captain James Hunter's Company, First  Regiment, Georgia Militia; 1815.
Grandson of George Graham, Captain of Fairfax County Company of Cavalry, Second Regiment, Virginia Militia; 1814.
Great-grandson of James Watson, Private in Captain Richard S. Briscoe's Company of Cavalry, First Regiment, (Colonel George Magruder, Commanding), District of Columbia Militia; 1813-14.

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US Coast & Geodegic Survey, Secretary of the Treasury
  1869-1869, USS Sabine (1855)
  1869-1871, USS Richmond (1860)
  1871-1872, Naval Ship Yard Philidelphia, PA
  1872-1872, USS Iroquois (AT-46) (1859)
  1872-1872, Shanghai
  1872-1874, USS Saco
  1874-1874, USS Ashuelot (1865)
  1875-1875, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1878-1879, USS Monocacy
  1880-1881, Naval Ordnance Center
  1881-1881, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport RI
  1887-1887, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1900-1902, USS ESSEX (Sail Frigate)
  1900-1902, US Coast & Geodegic Survey, Secretary of the Treasury
  1902-1902, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1905-1905, Det Navy Yard Washington, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC)
  1906-1907, USS Georgia (BB-15)
  1907-1917, Broken Service
  1917-1919, Brooklyn, NY, Naval Special Services Administration Activity
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Santiago
  1917-1918 World War I
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United States Naval Academy
  1864-1869, United States Naval Academy
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  Jan 11, 1849, Richard Graham Davenport
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