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Cone, Hutchinson Ingham (26 April 1871–12 February 1941), naval engineer and naval officer, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Daniel Newnan Cone and Annette Ingham. The Cone family home was in the country near Lake City, Florida, and his early training and education were at East Florida Military and Agricultural College, from which he graduated in 1889. In September 1890 Cone was appointed a naval cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy. During his four-year course at the Naval Academy, he was vice president of his class, and he opted for training as an engineer cadet his senior year. After graduation from the academy in June 1894, Cone served as a passed engineer cadet on the USS ...

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Loring, Charles Harding (26 December 1828–05 February 1907), naval officer and engineer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of William Price Loring and Elizabeth Harding. Charles had an elementary public school education and began working as a machine shop apprentice. However, he finished first among fourteen on competitive examinations and joined the navy on 26 February 1851. As the U.S. Navy became increasingly dependent on steam-propelled warships and with the American Civil War on the horizon, his engineering experience was a valuable asset. In 1852 he married Ruth Malbon; the couple had one daughter....

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George Wallace Melville. Photomechanical print, 1912. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-108052).

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Melville, George Wallace (10 January 1841–18 March 1912), naval engineer, was born in New York City, the son of Alexander Melville, a chemist, and Sarah Wallace. He graduated from Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute and joined the U.S. Navy as a third assistant engineer in July 1861. He saw much hazardous duty during the Civil War, some of it through his own choosing. He volunteered to go aboard the Confederate ship ...

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Milligan, Robert Wiley (08 April 1843–14 October 1909), naval engineer and officer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of James Milligan and Mary Thornton. After attending Philadelphia primary and secondary schools, he entered the U.S. Navy during the Civil War as a third assistant engineer. He served aboard the ...