Henry Clay Taylor
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Clay Taylor was born in Washington, D.C. on 4 March 1845, the son of Frank
and Virginia Neville Simms Taylor. He received an appointment from
Ohio to the United States Naval Academy on 20 September 1860. He
served throughout the Civil War on various blockading duties. He married
Mary Virginia McGuire in 1869 and they had six children. He was the
brother-in-law to Robley D. Evans, Rear Admiral,
United States Navy. He died at Ontario, Canada, on 26 July 1904 and
was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Born in 1845 he died in 1904 and was buried among other family members in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery. Research about him continues. He apparently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1864.
He commanded the USS Indiana during the Spanish-American War, being involved with the bombardment of San Juan, Puerto Rico in May 1898. In June 1898 he commanded the convoy that transported the Army from Tampa, Florida, to Santiago, Cuba and participated in the destruction of the Spanish Fleet at Santiago on 3 July 1898. He was subsequently advanced five numbers in rank for conspicuous conduct in battle. He twice served as Chief of Staff for Admiral George Dewey. He was best known as a naval philosopher and administrative reformer, overseeing the creation of the Navy's General Board in order to advise the Secretary of the Navy, and contributed much on naval tactics and other related subjects.
His wife, Mary Virginia Taylor (1847-1914),
is buried with him.
WASHINGTON, July 27, 1904 Ė In respect for the memory of the late Rear Admiral Taylor, Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, who died Wednesday at Ludbury, Ontario, Canada, the Navy Department will be closed at noon tomorrow. Secretary Morton did not learn of the news in time to reach here from Chicago. Mr. Darling will attend the funeral as Acting Secretary.
The President was notified early today of the Admiralís death, as were Admiral Dewey and other friends of Admiral Taylor. Both Admiral Dewey and Admiral Evans are expected to attend the funeral.
At the request of Mrs. Taylor, communicated
to the department by telegraph today, there will be no military ceremonies
on the occasion of the Admiralís funeral. The remains will be conveyed
to Arlington Cemetery, where the funeral services will be held tomorrow
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