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First Name: Cameron

Last Name: Winslow

Birthplace: Washington, DC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: McRae

Date of Birth: 29 July 1854

Date of Death: 02 January 1932

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1874-1916, c.1917-1919
Cameron McRae Winslow

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1874

•  Spanish-American War (1898)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Cameron McRae Winslow

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Cameron McRae Winslow was born on 29 July 1854 in Washington, DC. His older brother was Lt. Francis Winslow (II) USN; his younger brother, Arthur Winslow, was the grandfather of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1874, after which followed years of extensive sea duty.

During the 1898 war with Spain, then-Lieutenant Winslow served on board USS Nashville (PG-7). He was commended for extraordinary heroism when, on 11 May 1898, he commanded a boat expedition from Nashville and USS Marblehead (C-11) which succeeded in cutting two submarine cables off Cienfuegos, Cuba, which linked Cuba with Europe. Despite withering enemy fire from point-blank range, which resulted in a bullet wound to his hand, Winslow retained command throughout the engagement.

Winslow commanded USS Charleston (C-22) from 1905-07 and battleship USS New Hampshire (BB-25) from 1908-09. Winslow did not sail on the around-the-world cruise of the Great White Fleet. When the fleet returned to the U.S. in 1909, Winslow and the New Hampshire joined the fleet for its formal military review before President Roosevelt.

Promoted to Rear Admiral on 14 September 1911, Winslow was Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, from 13 September 1915 until 29 July 1916 when he was retired due to the statutory age limit (while in command of the Pacific Fleet, he held four-star Admiral rank pursuant to a 1915 law that designated holders of certain commands to temporary 4-star rank. He then reverted to his permanent rank of Rear Admiral. ) Recalled to active duty in World War I, he served as Inspector of Naval Districts on the Atlantic coast until again retiring on 11 November 1919.

In Retirement

Following the 1908 death of his oldest brother, Lt. Francis Winslow (II) USN, Rear Admiral Winslow became a member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, representing his direct ancestor Major General John Stark. The Admiral's younger brother, Arthur Winslow, also joined the Society, representing the General's oldest son, Major Caleb Stark.

The first two ships named USS Winslow honored his cousin, Rear Admiral John Ancrum Winslow, and USS Winslow (DD-359) honored Rear Admiral Cameron McRae Winslow as well.


Winslow was married to Theodora Havemeyer (c.1877-1945), one of the many children of sugar baron Theodore A. and Emilie De Loosey Havemeyer. They had a son, Lieutenant Cameron McRae Winslow Jr.

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Cameron McRae Winslow died on 2 January 1932 in Boston, MA. He is buried at Stark Cemetery in Dunbarton Center, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

Honoree ID: 686   Created by: MHOH




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