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Arent Schuyler Crowninshield (March 14, 1843 – May 27, 1908) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy. He saw combat during the Civil War, and after the war held high commands both afloat and ashore.

Arent Schuyler Crowninshield
Maine Crowninshield.jpg
Born(1843-03-14)March 14, 1843
New York
DiedMay 14, 1908(1908-05-14) (aged 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1863–c. 1900
RankUSN Rear Admiral rank insignia.jpg Rear admiral
Commands heldPortsmouth
St. Mary's
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Spanish–American War
RelationsCrowninshield family


Born in New York, he was the grandson of Jacob Crowninshield (appointed Navy secretary under President Jefferson, but who died before taking up the office), and grandnephew of George Crowninshield Jr. (adventuring owner of Cleopatra's Barge, first yacht to cross the Atlantic) and Benjamin Williams Crowninshield, United States Secretary of the Navy from 1815 to 1818. Some sources give his first name as Alton.

Arent graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 28 May 1863[1] and immediately went into action in the American Civil War, participating in the assault on Fort Fisher while serving on the steam sloop Ticonderoga.[2] After the war, he rose steadily through the ranks, becoming lieutenant on 10 November 1866,[1] and commander on 25 March 1880.[1]

He married Mary Bradford (1844–1913), daughter of the writer Sarah Hopkins Bradford, in Dresden, Germany on July 27, 1870. His wife became a published writer herself.

He commanded the training ship Portsmouth from 1878 to 1881,[1] the school ship St. Mary's of the New York Nautical School from 1887 to 1891,[1] and the sloop-of-war Kearsarge from February 1892 to November 1893.[1]

Promoted to captain on 21 July 1894,[1] he took command of the new battleship Maine at her commissioning in 1895, leaving in 1897 to become chief of the Bureau of Navigation with the rank of Rear Admiral.[1]

During the 1898 Spanish–American War, Crowninshield was appointed to the Naval War Board,[3] and had a large part in the United States Naval operations planning that resulted in resounding victories like the Battle of Manila Bay.

Admiral Crowninshield was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

Rear Admiral Crowninshield died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 27 May 1908, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "US Navy Officers: 1778–1900". Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars
  3. ^ "Spanish–American War: Naval War Board Members". Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  4. ^ Arlington National Cemetery

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