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date: 25 February 2021

Nimitz, Chester Williamlocked

(24 February 1885–20 February 1966)
  • Lloyd J. Graybar


Nimitz, Chester William (24 February 1885–20 February 1966), admiral, was born in Fredericksburg, Texas, the son of Chester Bernard Nimitz, a cattle drover, and Anna Henke. Born nearly five months after his father died from a rheumatic heart, Nimitz was brought up by his mother, assisted in various ways by several relatives. In 1890 Anna Nimitz married her late husband’s brother William. Despite a move to nearby Kerrville where the Nimitzes managed a small hotel, the family struggled financially. From the age of eight Chester Nimitz began working after school and on weekends as a delivery boy for a meat market and later as a desk clerk and handyman at the hotel. He hoped to attend the U.S. Military Academy, but when informed that no appointment would soon be available he entered the Naval Academy instead. He graduated seventh in the class of 1905....

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