George Belknap

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George Eugene Belknap
George Eugene Belknap.jpg
Born January 22, 1832
Newport, New Hampshire
Died April 7, 1903(1903-04-07) (aged 71)
Key West, Florida
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1847–1894
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Canonicus
USS Hartford
Battles/wars American Civil War
Formosa Expedition
Relations Rear Admiral Reginald R. Belknap (son) (1871-1959)

Rear Admiral George Eugene Belknap (January 22, 1832 – 7 April 1903) was an officer in the United States Navy. USS Belknap (DD-251) was named for him. He was the father of Rear Admiral Reginald R. Belknap.

Born in Newport, New Hampshire, Belknap was appointed a Midshipman in 1847. He commanded the monitor Canonicus during the attacks on Battle of Fort Fisher, and the sloop-of-war Hartford during the Formosa Expedition of 1867. He was the senior officer present during the riots following David Kalākaua's election to the King of Hawaii in 1874. Appointed Rear Admiral 12 February 1889, he retired 22 January 1894.

Belknap was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, an Veteran Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and an Honorary Companion of the Military Order of Foreign Wars.

He was the father of Rear Admiral Reginald R. Belknap who served as national Commander-in-Chief of MOLLUS from 1947 to 1951.

Rear Admiral Belknap died at Key West, Florida, 7 April 1903.

A portrait of Admiral Belknap is on display in Luce Hall at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Commander Captain Commodore Rear Admiral
O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8
US Navy O3 insignia.svg US Navy O4 insignia.svg US Navy O5 insignia.svg US Navy O6 insignia.svg US Navy O7 insignia.svg US Navy O8 insignia.svg
September 16, 1855 July 15, 1862 July 15, 1866 January 25, 1875 June 2, 1885 February 12, 1889

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Military offices
Preceded by
Ralph Chandler
Commander, Asiatic Squadron
4 April 1889–20 February 1892
Succeeded by
David B. Harmony