GRANT, Albert Weston, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1919-1920, Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard
Service Years
1877 - 1920
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
East Benton, Maine. Raised in Stevens Point, WI
Last Address
Died at Philadelphia.
Elmwood Cemetery
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Date of Passing
Sep 30, 1930
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Albert Weston Grant
was born on April 14, 1856 at East Benton, Maine. He grew up at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, with his pioneer family and won a competitive appointment to the United States Naval Academy, from which he graduated on June 20, 1877. Following service in USS Pensacola, Lackawanna, Alliance, Passaic, and Iroquois, he served ashore at the Norfolk Navy Yard, received torpedo training, and served briefly at the Naval War College.

Duty in Trenton, Richmond, Saratoga, and Yorktown preceded his return to Norfolk to supervise major repairs to Pensacola which entailed pioneer work in applying electricity to warships and then reported to Concord. On May 9, 1893, his commission as a lieutenant reached him while he was serving in that gunboat. A tour in cruiser San Francisco ended in the summer of 1894 when Grant was ordered back to the Naval Academy for duty as an instructor. Detached some three years later, he returned to sea in Helena and served off the coast of Cuba in Massachusetts during the Spanish-American War.

Transferred to Machias on September 8, 1898, Grant was serving in her when promoted to lieutenant commander on July 1, 1900, a month before orders sent him back to the Academy for two more years as an instructor. Three years of service in the Far East followed — as executive officer of Oregon and then as commanding officer of that battleship — before he returned to Annapolis where he was promoted to commander and placed in charge of the Seamanship Department. During this assignment, he prepared a study of naval tactics, The School of the Ship, which became a standard textbook.

On July 22, 1907, Grant reported to the Naval War College for instruction and, upon completing the course in the autumn, assumed command of the Arethusa, which was the fuel tender to the Great White Fleet's destroyer flotilla. Grant took the Arethusa around Cape Horn to the Pacific. Detached on the last day of March 1908, he embarked in Connecticut as chief of staff to the Commander of the Atlantic Fleet. During that tour of duty, he was promoted to captain on July 1, 1909. He relinquished his post as chief of staff on October 26, 1909, but remained in Connecticut as her commanding officer.

Grant became commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard on March 21, 1910 and simultaneously took command of the 4th Naval District. Two years later, he became head of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Command of the new battleship Texas came in 1913 and command of Submarine Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet, followed two years later.

In the summer of 1917 — some three months after the United States entered World War I — Grant took over Battleship Force 1, Atlantic Fleet, with additional duty in command of Squadron 2 and Division 4. This position gave him the rank of vice admiral. December 1918 brought him command of the Atlantic Fleet. The following spring, he became commandant of the Washington Navy Yard and superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory.

Retired on April 6, 1920, Vice Admiral Grant died in Philadelphia on September 30, 1930. 
Other Comments:
Vice Admiral Grant's great-great-grandson, LT Richard Weston Grant III, is a graduate of the class of 2009 from the United States Naval Academy.

Namesake:  In 1943, the destroyer USS Albert W. Grant was named in honor of Admiral Grant, sponsored by his granddaughter, Miss Nell Preston Grant.

Admiral Grant received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal in 1918 for his service as Commander of Battleship Force ONE.  

Note: At the time, the DSM was the highest award the Navy offered. It out ranked the Navy Cross until the beginning of WWII when their standing was reversed. 
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyCNO - OPNAVNorfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth, VA
Naval War College (Staff)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Naval Reserve Forces CommandUSS Texas (BB-35)
COMNAVSUBFORCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1873-1877, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1877-1879, USS Pensacola (1859) Steam Sloop
  1880-1882, USS Lackawanna (1862)
  1882-1884, USS Alliance (1875) Screw gunboat
  1884-1886, CNO - OPNAV
  1886-1887, USS Iroquois (AT-46) (1859)
  1887-1889, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth, VA
  1889-1889, Naval War College (Staff)
  1889-1890, USS Trenton (1877) Screw Steamer
  1890-1890, USS Richmond (1860)
  1891-1892, USS Saratoga (ACR-2)
  1892-1893, USS Yorktown (PG-1)
  1893-1893, USS Pensacola (1859) Steam Sloop
  1893-1894, USS Concord (PG-3)
  1894-1894, USS San Francisco (C-5)
  1894-1897, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1897-1898, USS Helena (PG-9)
  1898-1898, USS Massachusetts (BB-2)
  1898-1898, USS Massachusetts (BB-2)
  1898-1900, USS Machias (PG-5)
  1900-1903, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1903-1906, USS Oregon (BB-3)
  1906-1907, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1907-1907, Naval War College (Staff)
  1907-1908, USS Arethusa (AO-7)
  1908-1910, USS Connecticut (BB-18)
  1909-1909, Commander, Battleships-Cruisers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1910-1912, Navy Yard Philadelphia
  1910-1912, 4th Naval District
  1912-1913, Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet (COMLANTRESFLT)
  1913-1915, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1915-1917, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1917-1918, Commander, Battleships, Battle Force
  1918-1919, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1919-1920, Washington Naval Shipyard
  1919-1920, Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Santiago
  1917-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1873-1877, United States Naval Academy
  1907-1907, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 31, 1918, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, 1918.
  Oct 25, 2013, General Photos1
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