A “Newport admiral”—Rear Admiral William Thomas Swinburne (1847–1928). Born in Newport, Rhode Island, on 24 August 1847, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1862, attending that institution not at Annapolis but here in Newport, where the academy was located during the Civil War. He was the father-in-law of Rear Admiral Luke McNamee (1871–1952), who was to be President of the Naval War College in 1933–34. In his service elsewhere, Rear Admiral Swinburne commanded the Pacific Squadron, 1906–1907, and then its successor, the Pacific Fleet, until 1909. Retiring that year, he died in 1928 in Coronado, California, and was buried at sea.
Photograph in the William T. Swinburne Papers in the Naval War College’s Naval Historical Collection, Newport, Rhode Island