George Albert Converse

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Rear Admiral George Albert Converse (13 May, 1844 – 29 March, 1909) served in the United States Navy.

Life & Career

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

George Albert Converse was born 13 May, 1844 in Norwich, Vermont. He was appointed Midshipman on 29 November, 1861.

Converse was a pioneer in the use of electricity on board men-of-war, in experimentation with and introduction of smokeless powder in the Navy, and in development of torpedo boats. In command of the Unprotected Cruiser Montgomery from 1897 to 1899 he took an active part in operations off the coast of Cuba with Admiral William Sampson's squadron during the Spanish-American War.

Converse was promoted to the rank of Captain on 3 March, 1899.[1] On 3 April, 1899, he was appointed to work within the Bureau of Navigation.[2]

From 1903 to 1906 he served successively as Chief of the Bureaus of Equipment, Ordnance, and Navigation, continuing in that final post for a year after his retirement in 1906.

Converse died in Washington, D.C. on 29 March, 1909.

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Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles H. Davis, Jr.
Captain of U.S.S. Montgomery
23 Jul, 1897[3]
Succeeded by
John P. Merrell
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. Illinois
16 Sep, 1901[4] – late 1903[Inference]
Succeeded by
Royal B. Bradford
Preceded by
Royal B. Bradford
Chief of Bureau of Equipment
1904 – 1904
Succeeded by
Henry N. Manney
Preceded by
Henry C. Taylor
Chief of the Bureau of Navigation
1 Aug, 1904[5] – May, 1907
Succeeded by
Willard H. Brownson


  1. Register of Officers, 1903. pp. 8-9.
  2. Register of Officers, 1900. p. 8.
  3. List and Station, July 1898. p. 6.
  4. Register of Officers, 1903. p. 8.
  5. Register of Officers, 1906. p. 6.