Arent S. Crowninshield
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Schuyler Crowninshield (March 14, 1843-May 27, 1908) was a Rear Admiral
of the United States Navy. He saw combat during the Civil War, and after
the war held high commands both afloat and ashore.
Born in New York, he was the grandson of Jacob Crowninshield (appointed Navy secretary under Jefferson but who died before taking up the office), and grandnephew of George Crowninshield (adventuring owner of Cleopatra's Barge, first yacht to cross the Atlantic). Arent graduated from the United States Naval Academy on May 28, 1863 and immediately went into action in the American Civil War, participating in the assault on Fort Fisher while serving on the steam sloop Ticonderoga.
After the war, he rose steadily through the
ranks, becoming Lieutenant in 1866, Commander in 1880, where he was from
1887 to 1891 commander of the school ship St. Mary. Promoted Captain on
July 21, 1894, he took command of the new battleship Maine at her commissioning
in 1895, leaving in 1897 to become chief of the Bureau of Navigation.
CROWNINSHIELD, MARY BRADFORD WIDOW OF AS CROWNINSHIELD
Photos Courtesy of Holly, March 2008