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Rear Admiral George F. Emmons

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Title
Rear Admiral George F. Emmons
Accession Number
2020.011.0001
Type
Historical People
Gift of
Philip L Mandolare
Collection Title
Historical People & Events
Collection Description
Historical People & Events
Source
Phil Mandolare
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Rear Admiral George F. Emmons (1811 - 1884) was born in Clarendon, the son of Horatio Emmons (1778 - 1864) and Abigail (Foster) Emmons (1779 - 1857).  In 1843 he married Frances Antonia Thornton (1825 - 1908). 

His naval career began in 1828 as a midshipman and continued until 1873 when he retired as Rear Admiral.  He traveled the world, including on a charting expedition to the Antarctic and the south seas 1838 - 1842.  In 1867 he participated in the ceremonies in Sitka, Alaska for the turning over of Alaska from Russia to the US. 

In 1941, the Gleaves-class destroyer USS Emmons (DD-457) (photo below) was named in his honor. For more detailed information about his long and eventful naval career follow the links below.


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