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Earle, Ralph (03 May 1874–13 February 1939), naval officer and college president, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Stephen Carpenter Earle, an architect, and Mary Eaton Brown. After attending the Worcester Polytechnic Institute for less than a year, he was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1896. In keeping with the normal career pattern, he would alternate between ship and shore duty. His first active duty was in the battleship ...

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Frost, Holloway Halstead (11 April 1889–26 January 1935), naval officer, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Halstead H. Frost, a lawyer, and Mary Louise Downing. In 1910 he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was assigned to the battleship ...

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Knox, Dudley Wright (21 June 1877–11 June 1960), naval officer and historian, was born in Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory, the son of Thomas Taylor Knox, a U.S. Army colonel, and Cornelia Manigault Grayson. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1896, Knox spent the next two years at sea assigned to the battleship ...

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Alfred Thayer Mahan Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-3124).

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Mahan, Alfred Thayer (27 September 1840–01 December 1914), naval officer and author, was born in West Point, New York, the son of Dennis Hart Mahan, a professor of military engineering and dean of faculty at the U.S. Military Academy, and Mary Helena Okill. Raised in a household run on two guiding principles, strict military obedience and a stern literalist and fundamentalist form of Episcopalianism that emphasized constant prayer, Mahan did not have a happy childhood. In his autobiography, ...