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Early records of the U.S. Naval War College

Chronology

DateEvent
7 Aug 1882Coaster’s Harbor Island is ceded to the U.S. government from Rhode Island
4 Jun 1883William E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy, accepts Coaster’s Harbor Island for the U.S. Navy via General Order 33
6 Oct 1884General Order 325 establishes the Naval War College in Newport
6 Oct 1884-1886Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce named the first President, Naval War College
8 Sep 1885First lecture given
1886-1889Captain A. T. Mahan assumes his first term as NWC President
1886First lecture on war gaming given by William McCarty Little
11 Jan 1889Consolidation of NWC with the Naval Torpedo Station ordered by the Navy Department
1889-1892Captain Caspar F. Goodrich begins the first of two terms as college president
1890Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 by Mahan is published
1890-1891No courses held. Bureau of Navigations cites shortage of officers
May 1892Luce Hall is completed – first building constructed for NWC
1892-1893Mahan’s second term as President
1893No course held
1893-1893Commander Charles H. Stockton assumes his first term as President
4 Oct 1893First visit by a Secretary of the Navy, Hilary A. Herbert
1893-1896Captain Henry C. Taylor named President, Naval War College
1896-1898Goodrich’s second term as President
1898-1900Stockton’s second term as President
Mar 1898- Nov 1898All activities suspended due to United States participation in the Spanish-American War
1900-1903Rear Admiral French E. Chadwick named President
1903-1906Captain Charles S. Sperry becomes tenth President, Naval War College
Jun 1904New library (present day Mahan Hall) is completed
1906-1909Rear Admiral John Porter Merrell serves as President
1909-1911Rear Admiral Raymond P. Rodgers serves as President
1911-1913Term of Captain William L. Rodgers, the last non-flag officer to serve as President
1913-1917Rear Admiral Austin M. Knight serves as President
1917Rear Admiral William S. Sims begins his first term as President
1917-1918Academic activities suspended due to World War I