Louis Anthony Kaiser – Captain, United States Navy

Louis A. Kaiser (1870—August 12, 1939) was a Captain in the United States Navy, as well as briefly acting-Governor of Guam. He was a pioneer in the Navy on the use of wireless telegraphy, prior to World War I.

Kaiser was born in Kirkwood, Illinois. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1889 and was commissioned an Ensign in 1891. His first assignment was the USS Chicago. In 1894, he was transferred to the USS Detroit, and again onto the USS Michigan, two years later. In 1896, he was also reassigned to the USS Concord.

In the Spanish-American War, he continued to serve on the Concord, and he fought in the Battle of Manila Bay. In December of 1898, he was promoted to Lieutenant, junior grade. In 1899, he was briefly made acting-Governor of Guam, in preparation for the arrival of Governor Richard Phillips Leary. In 1900, he was transferred to the USS Solace, then again to a post in Newport, Virginia.

In 1904, he was transferred again to the Bureau of Equipment. In this role, Kaiser was a pioneer in early wireless transmissions and conducted many of the early tests of wireless telegraphy. In 1905, he demonstrated a 1100+ mile range while testing it aboard the USS Brooklyn. In July of 1905, he was promoted to a full lieutenant commander and invited to speak on these innovations to the Washington Society of Engineers in Washington, DC. In 1910, he was transferred to the Bureau of Steam Engineering.

In 1912, he was given his first command, the cruiser USS Montgomery. The following year, he was given command of the USS Tennessee before being promoted to a full commander. He served in the Boston Naval Yard and Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 1915, before returning to the command of the battleship USS New Jersey and receiving a promotion to Captain.

In the 1920s, Kaiser was assigned to the hydrographic office in Galveston, Texas. In 1923, he was briefly the acting-commandant of the 8th Naval District before being assigned to the New York hydrographic office. He retired April 1, 1925.

He died in 1939 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • DATE OF DEATH: 08/12/1939

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