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First Name: Arent

Last Name: Crowninshield

Birthplace: NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Schuyler

Date of Birth: 14 March 1844

Date of Death: 27 May 1908

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
Arent Schuyler Crowninshield

•  American Civil War (1861 - 1865)


Arent Schuyler Crowninshield
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Arent Schuyler Crowninshield was born on 14 March 1844 in New York.

A May 1863 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was assigned to the USS Ticonderoga, and served with the ship during the later stages of the Civil War, seeing action in the January 1865 combined Union Army-Navy assault and capture of Fort Fisher, NC.

After the war he served in various ship commands, rising to the rank of Captain by the 1880s. When the U.S. Navy launched the battleship USS Maine in 1895, he was her first captain, relinquishing command after two years to become Chief of the Navigation Bureau.

When the Maine exploded in Havana Harbor in February 1898, and the U.S. declared war in Spain, he was appointed to the Naval War Board, and had a large part in the U.S. Naval operations planning that resulted in resounding victories like the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898.

Crowninshield was eventually promoted to Rear Admiral before his retirement from the service.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Arent Schuyler Crowninshield died on 27 May 1908 in Philadelphia, PA. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2399   Created by: MHOH




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