George Dewey

(Admiral Dewey)


George Dewey, a distinguished American admiral, was born at Montpelier, Vermont, in 1837. He graduated at the Naval Academy in 1858; served with much credit on the Mississippi and at Fort Fisher in the Civil War, and in 1898, as commodore, attacked the Spanish fleet in the Bay of Manila with extraordinary daring and success, destroying the entire fleet with little damage and no loss of life on the American side. For this signal victory he was promoted rear-admiral, and Congress soon after revived in his favor the exalted rank of admiral. After serving on the Philippine Commission he returned to the United States in the autumn of 1899. He died in 1917.

Adapted from The Dictionary of Biography by Charles Morris

Key events during the life of George Dewey:

Birth of George Dewey.
Graduated from Naval Academy.
Won the Battle of Manila for the U.S.
  Served on the Philippine Commission.
Returned to U.S.
Death of George Dewey.

Other Resources

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Book Links
Dewey at Manila Bay  in  America First—100 Stories from Our History  by  Lawton B. Evans
Dewey at Manila Bay  in  Boys' Book of Sea Fights  by  Chelsea Curtis Fraser
The Battle of Manila  in  Story of the Great Republic  by  H. A. Guerber
The Sea-fight at Manila  in  The Story of Mexico  by  Charles Morris
Manila and Santiago  in  Historical Tales: Spanish  by  Charles Morris
George Dewey  in  Builders of Our Country: Book II  by  Gertrude van Duyn Southworth
Freedom for Cuba  in  Growth of the British Empire  by  M. B. Synge

Image Links

George Dewey
George Dewey
 in Back Matter
Admiral Dewey at Manila Bay
Admiral Dewey at Manila Bay
 in Back Matter

Rear-admiral George Dewey
 in The Story of Mexico

The Annihilation of the Spanish Fleet in the Harbor of Manila
 in Historical Tales: Spanish

Admiral George Dewey
 in True Stories of Our Presidents

Dewey on the Bridge of the Olympia
 in Builders of Our Country: Book II

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