George A. Converse
George Albert Converse (13 May 1844 – 29 March 1909) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy, who was noted for his contributions to naval engineering. He saw service in the Spanish–American War.
George Albert Converse
|Born||13 May 1844|
|Died||29 March 1909 (aged 64)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1861–1906|
|Commands held||USS Montgomery|
Chief of the Bureaus of Equipment, Ordnance, and Navigation
|Relations||Laura Shelby Converse (wife)|
Converse was appointed midshipman 29 November 1861. He was a pioneer in the use of electricity on board men-of-war, in experimentation with and introduction of smokeless powder in the Navy, and in development of torpedo boats. In command of Montgomery (C-9) from 1897 to 1899 he took an active part in operations off the coast of Cuba with Admiral William T. Sampson's squadron during the Spanish–American War. Commanding officer of USS Illinois (BB-7) from her commissioning in 1901 to 1903. From 1903 to 1906 he served successively as Chief of the Bureaus of Equipment, Ordnance, and Navigation, continuing as Chief of the latter Bureau for a year after his retirement in 1906. He died in Washington, D.C., 29 March 1909. Converse and his wife Laura Shelby (1851–1934) are buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Section #2 Plot #967.
- George Albert Converse, Rear Admiral, United States Navy, ArlingtonCemetery•net, an unofficial website[unreliable source?]
- DANFS biography of George Converse
- The George Albert Converse Papers and Photographs, 1861–1897 This digital collection contains hundreds of documents and photographs that comprise the physical collection held by SMU's DeGolyer Library.