Henry Hughes Hough
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Hughes Hough (January 8, 1871-September 9, 1943) was a Rear Admiral of
the United States Navy and one-time military Governor of the United States
Virgin Islands. He was born in the French overseas colony of Saint-Pierre
and Miquelon, off the coast of Newfoundland.
Hough graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1891. He served on board the USS Morris during the Spanish-American War. Following the war, he alternated assignments in the Naval Intelligence office with ship-board duties. In 1911, he was made the Navy attache to France and, later, to Russia. From 1914 to 1915, he was given his first command: the USS Wilmington, assigned to the Naval Academy. In 1918, he was made a district commander in Brest, France. He was subsequently also a commissioner of the Prisoner of War Conference in Berne, Switzerland. From 1919 to 1921, he commanded the USS Utah and from 1921 to 1922, he commanded the USS New York.
In 1922, while still a Captain, he was appointed as the Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, a role that he only acted in for one year.
In 1923, he was appointed as Director of Naval
Intelligence. The following year, he was promoted to Rear Admiral on June
14, 1924. From 1925 to 1926, he commanded the Yangtze Patrol. He retired
from the Navy in 1935.
He was the first Governor of the U. S. Virgin Islands not to be born in the United States. He was also the first non-acting military governor to govern as a Captain, rather than a Rear Admiral.
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Posted: 10 December 2006 Updated: 26 October 2009