Collection on George Dewey, 1898-1999 (1 Box)
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About George Dewey
The life of Admiral George Dewey has been extensively covered in published journals and monographs. He was born in Montpelier, VT, on 26 December 1837, the youngest son of Julius Yemans Dewey (1801-1877) and Mary Perrin Dewey (1799-1843). He attended Norwich University from 1851 to 1854 but did not graduate, instead transferring to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1858. Dewey’s part in the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898, is also well-known and well-documented in more authoritative sources. Following this spectacular naval triumph, George Dewey became the first admiral of the U.S. Navy on 3 March 1899. He married Mildred McLean Hazen (1850-1931). The control file included with the collection, as well as the collection itself, contains much additional information on the life and career of George Dewey.
About the Collection
The collection, which remains open to new materials, contains papers, correspondence and bound manuscripts as well as publications pertaining to the life and career of George Dewey. This includes 1898 clippings about the Battle of Manila Bay, 1899 articles about Dewey in The Vermonter, correspondence between Dewey and the author of The History of Norwich University, 1819-1911, William Arba Ellis, and a scrapbook of images from the Spanish-American War Era, 1898-1901. Some correspondence as well as a journal and account book of Dewey’s wife, Mildred McLean Hazen, is also included in the collection. A detailed content listing can be found below.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these terms in the library catalog:
- Dewey, George, — 1837-1917.
- Dewey, Mildred McLean Hazen, — 1850-1931.
- Spanish-American War, 1898 — Naval operations.
- Manila Bay, Battle of, Philippines, 1898.
You can also browse for finding aids to the papers of other Norwich University alumni or other members of George Dewey’s class using the Alumni and Class of 1854 categories.
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