George Dewey sends an autograph letter asking for help to get an
appointment; which he is successful!
Autograph Letter Signed: "Geo. Dewey/Captain, U.S. Navy", 1½p,
separate sheets. New York, 1889 March 18. To Republican Senator George F.
Edmunds of Vermont. In full: "Referring to my brothers (sic)
letter to you in my interest, it is proper you should know there are several
applicants for the office and all are using whatever influence they can command.
I believe a word from you to Secretary Tracy would make my case stronger than
that of either of the other applicants." BENJAMIN F. TRACY had
just become Secretary of the Navy two weeks earlier, when Republican
President Benjamin Harrison was inaugurated. After the Civil War, DEWEY
held various routine commands at sea and ashore. He rose to Commander in 1872
and Captain in 1884. In July 1889, four months after writing this letter to
EDMUNDS, Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, Captain Dewey was
appointed Chief of the Bureau of Equipment at the Navy Department in
Washington. Recently authorized cruisers were being completed and the
first battleships were being planned. Dewey's knowledge of the new ships of
the Navy came in handy when he was given command of the Asiatic Squadron in
1897. During the Spanish-American War, he led a squadron of four cruisers and
two gunboats. He entered Manila Bay, Philippines on May 1, 1898 and destroyed
all ten ships of the Spanish fleet in less than seven hours. He was promoted
to Five-Star Admiral of the Navy, a rank created especially for him, in March
1899. Folds, horizontal fold touches the "D". Fine
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ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY
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