Summer Ely Wetmore Kittelle (June 14, 1867–December 29, 1950) was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and a veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I. He was also the third military Governor of the United States Virgin Islands. Late in life, he also became an author and published a book on his family's genealogy.
Kittelle was born in Peekskill, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1889. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1921 and made Governor of the Virgin Islands, a position he held only until 1922. Almost immediately on becoming Governor, he sacked the civilian colonial assembly. In 1927, while a Commandant of the Sixteenth Naval District, he exposed a plot by “communists” to destroy a shipyard at Cavite. He retired in 1931.
In 1946, Kittelle wrote The Ketel family,: Also (Ketele, Kettele, Kettel, Kittelle and Kittle), a history of his family tree.
KITTELLE, SUMMER ELY WETMORE
- RADM USN
- DATE OF BIRTH: 06/14/1867
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/29/1950
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 4697
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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