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Foundation
1900
March 12          
General Order No. #544 constitutes Navy General Board. NWC president assigned as ex-officio member.
1900
June 1
Course begins with 30 students including 2 from Revenue Cutter Service. Ends September 30.
1900
October 25
Stockton detached for sea duty. Captain French E. Chadwick assumes NWC presidency.
1901
June 2
Course begins with 28 students including Rear Admiral Shepherd (first flag officer student). Ends October 1.
1901
November 27
U.S. Army War College established in Washington, D.C.
1902 
June 2 
Course begins with 25 students. Main problem plays a Russo- Japanese conflict in Far East. Ends October 1. 
1903 
June 2 
Course begins with lecture by Stephen Luce to 21 students. Main problem, U.S.-German war in Far East. Ends October 1.
1903 
November 16 
Chadwick detached for sea duty. Captain Charles Sperry assumes NWC presidency.
1904 
June 1 
Course, redesignated "Summer conference," begins with 21 students. Nine flag officers attend on temporary duty. Ends October 1.
1904 
June 17 
New Library, present Mahan Hall completed.
1905 
March 3 
First librarian, Frederick Hicks, appointed.
1905 
June 1 
Summer conference begins with 21 students. Ends September 30.
1906 
May 24 
Sperry promoted and detached for sea duty. Captain John P. Merrell assumes NWC presidency.
1906 
June 1 
Summer conference begins with 17 students including W.S. Benson, later first Chief of Naval Operations. Ends October 1. 
1907 
June 1 
Summer conference begins with 15 students. Ends October 1.
1908 
June 1 
Summer conference begins with 25 students. Ends October 1.
1908 
July 8 
Conference interrupted at direction of President Theodore Roosevelt. General Board and Dept. Bureau Chiefs join NWC staff and students in "Battleship Conference."
1908 
July 22 
President Roosevelt at NWC and chairs conference for the day.
1908 
September 1 
 Secretary of the Navy Metcalf closes Battleship Conference.
1909 
June 1 
Summer conference begins with 26 students plus General Board in attendance on occasion. Ends September 30.
1909 
October 1 
Merrell retires from active duty. Rear Admiral Raymond P. Rodgers assumes NWC presidency.