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Albert Smith Barker
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
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Albert Smith Baker was born at Hanson, Massachusetts, 31 March 1843, the son of Josiah and Eliza (Cushing) Barker. He was educated at Pierce Adacemy. He married Ellen Blackman Maxwell in 1894.

Admiral Baker died 30 Jan 1916 in Washington, D.C.

He was appointed Acting Midshipman, 25 Oct 1859, and advanced through the ranks to Rear Admiral 10 Oct 1899. He was placed on the retired list on 31 March 1905.

The Admiral saw action on the lower Mississippi River, 1862; witnessed the Spanish bombardment of Callao, Peru in May 1866; was at the Min River in China when the French fleet sank the Chinese men-of-war at Pagoda Anchorage in 1885. While at Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1873-74, he was apparently the first person in the United States to fire high explosive shells. During the Spanish-American War he was present at bombardment of Santiago, Cuba, in July 1898.

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BARKER, ALBERT S
United States Navy
DATE OF DEATH: 01/30/1916
BURIED AT: SECTION 2  SITE 1033WS
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 13 August 2000 Updated: 25 November 2001 Updated: 16 February 2003  Updated: 27 August 2005 Updated: 9 December 2006