Willard Herbert Brownson

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Rear Admiral Willard Herbert Brownson (8 July, 1845 – 16 March, 1935) served in the United States Navy.

Life & Career

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

Born in Lyons, N.Y., 8 July 1845, Brownson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1865.

He commanded the light cruiser Detroit at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the revolution of 1893-94 and the auxiliary cruiser Yankee during the Spanish-American War. From 1900 until 1902 he was Superintendent of the Naval Academy. He became Commander-in-Chief of the Asiatic Fleet 15 October 1906. After his retirement in July 1907 he continued on active duty as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation by order of President Theodore Roosevelt. Rear Admiral Brownson died at Washington, D.C., 16 March 1935.

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Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. Petrel
21 Oct, 1889[1]
Succeeded by
William H. Emory, Jr.
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. Detroit
20 Jul, 1893
Succeeded by
John S. Newell
Preceded by
Colby M. Chester
as Commandant of Cadets, Naval Academy
Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy
1895 – 1896
Succeeded by
Edwin White
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. Yankee
19 Apr, 1898[2]
Succeeded by
Lewis C. Hellner
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. Alabama
Oct, 1900 – 3 Nov, 1902[3]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Davis, Jr.
Preceded by
Richard Wainwright
Superintendent of the Naval Academy
6 Nov, 1902[Citation needed] – 1 Jul, 1905
Succeeded by
James H. Sands
Preceded by
Charles J. Train
Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet
15 Oct, 1906
Succeeded by
Austin M. Knight
Preceded by
George A. Converse
Chief of the Bureau of Navigation
May, 1907 – 14 Jan, 1908[4][Inference]
Succeeded by
John E. Pillsbury


  1. Register of Officers, 1891. p. 12.
  2. List and Station, July 1898. p. 6.
  3. Register of Officers, 1903. p. 8.
  4. Register of Officers, 1908. p. 8.