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Ammen, Daniel (16 May 1819–11 July 1898), naval officer, author, and inventor, was born in Brown County, Ohio, the son of David Ammen and Sally Houtz, farmers. While still a boy, Ammen exerted an unanticipated influence on later national affairs when he pulled his friend and schoolmate ...

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Brooke, John Mercer (18 December 1826–14 December 1906), naval officer, scientist, and inventor, was born at Fort Brooke, Tampa Bay, Florida, the son of George Mercer Brooke, a brevet brigadier general in the U.S. Army, and Lucy Thomas. His Brooke forebears had been prominent in affairs of the state of Virginia since the late seventeenth century. Brooke’s family moved frequently before he accepted an appointment as acting midshipman at age fourteen. His irregular formal education included a short stint at Aaron’s School in Burlington, New Jersey. His scientific education continued in the navy. Brooke served briefly aboard the warship USS ...

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Davison, Gregory Caldwell (12 August 1871–07 May 1935), naval officer and inventor, was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, the son of Alexander Caldwell Davison, a physician, and Sarah Pelot Eppes. In 1888 he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated with the class of 1892....

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Fiske, Bradley Allen (13 June 1854–06 April 1942), naval officer and inventor, was born in Lyons, New York, the son of William Allen Fiske, an Episcopalian minister, and Susan Matthews Bradley. After obtaining his primary education in a public school and then a private military school in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the family had moved, Fiske was nominated as a candidate to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1870. He served as secretary and treasurer of his class and graduated second in the class of 1874. He then began serving in a navy that had reached its post–Civil War nadir....

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Furer, Julius Augustus (09 October 1880–05 June 1963), naval officer and inventor, was born in the rural township of Mosel, Wisconsin, the son of Rev. Edmund F. Furer and Caroline Louis Wedemeyer. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1897 and graduated at the top of his class in 1901. After sea duty on the USS ...