Curtis D. Wilbur Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: May 10, 1867 in Boonesboro, Iowa
Died: September 8, 1954 in San Francisco, California
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Curtis Dwight Wilbur (1867-1954), a Naval Academy graduate (1884), practiced law in California, rising to the position of Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court in 1918. As Secretary of the Navy (1924-1929) in the Coolidge administration, Wilbur established the naval air force, a crucial component of victory in the Pacific two decades later. After leaving this post he was appointed to a federal judgeship. The guided missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur was commissioned in 1994.

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