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Sperry, Charles Stillmanlocked

(03 September 1847–01 February 1911)
  • James R. Reckner

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Sperry, Charles Stillman (03 September 1847–01 February 1911), rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Corydon Stillman Sperry and Catherine Elizabeth Leavenworth. He studied in Brooklyn and later at the Waterbury, Connecticut, high school. In 1862, at age fifteen, he gained admission to the U.S. Naval Academy. Sperry graduated tenth in his class of seventy-three in 1866, too late to see active service during the Civil War, but his youth at entry into the academy and his relatively high standing at graduation (the determinant of seniority within each Annapolis class) positioned him to outlast many of his classmates in the long, seniority-based climb to flag rank. Sperry’s first sea assignment was to the 2,100-ton steam sloop USS ...

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