George Belknap

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George Eugene Belknap (January 22, 1832 – 7 April 1903) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. USS Belknap (DD-251) was named for him.

George Eugene Belknap
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BornJanuary 22, 1832
Newport, New Hampshire
DiedApril 7, 1903(1903-04-07) (aged 71)
Key West, Florida
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1847–1894
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Rear admiral
Commands heldUSS Canonicus
USS Hartford
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Formosa Expedition
RelationsRear Admiral Reginald R. Belknap (son) (1871–1959)

Naval careerEdit

Born in Newport, New Hampshire, Belknap was appointed a Midshipman in 1847. He commanded the monitor Canonicus during the attacks on Battle of Fort Fisher, and the sloop-of-war Hartford during the Formosa Expedition of 1867. He was the senior officer present during the riots following David Kalākaua's election as the King of Hawaii in 1874.

Belknap commanded the United States Naval Observatory from 1885 to 1886 and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1886 to 1890. Belknap was appointed as a rear admiral on 12 February 1889. He served as the Commander of the Asiatic Squadron from 4 April 1889 to 20 February 1892. He retired from the Navy on 22 January 1894.

In August 1902, Belknap and his wife visited the United Kingdom, including Devonport as guests of Rear Admiral William Hannam Henderson, the Admiral Superintendent of the dockyard.[1]

Belknap died at Key West, Florida, 7 April 1903.


Belknap was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Veteran Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and an Honorary Companion of the Military Order of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.


A portrait of Admiral Belknap is on display in Luce Hall at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.


He was the father of Rear Admiral Reginald R. Belknap who served as national Commander-in-Chief of MOLLUS from 1947 to 1951.

Dates of RankEdit

Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Commander Captain Commodore Rear Admiral
O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8
September 16, 1855 July 15, 1862 July 15, 1866 January 25, 1875 June 2, 1885 February 12, 1889

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36861). London. 1 September 1902. p. 8.
  • Dates of promotion from The Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Sixth Edition, 1889, by Lewis Randolph Hamersly. [1]


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
Military offices
Preceded by
Ralph Chandler
Commander, Asiatic Squadron
4 April 1889–20 February 1892
Succeeded by
David B. Harmony