Richard P. Leary
|Richard Phillips Leary|
Late 1800s illustration of Leary
November 3, 1842|
|Died||December 27, 1901
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1860–1901|
|Commands held||USS Adams
USS San Francisco
Naval Governor of Guam
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
Leary was born on 3 November 1842 in Baltimore, Maryland. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1860. During the Civil War, he served in screw sloop Canandaigua and the monitor Sangamon assigned to the Atlantic blockade.
During tension with Germany over Samoa, Leary commanded Adams at Samoa from October to December 1888. In the Spanish-American War, he commanded San Francisco (C-5) off Havana, Cuba. From 1899 into 1900, Captain Leary served as Naval Governor of Guam. Retiring in 1901, Rear Admiral Leary died 27 December at Chelsea, Massachusetts.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Guide to the Richard P. Leary Papers, 1860-1905 MS 404 held by Special Collection & Archives, Nimitz Library at the United States Naval Academy
Louis A. Kaiser
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