|William Wister McKean|
September 19, 1800|
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
|Died||April 22, 1865
Binghamton, New York
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1814–1862|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812
American Civil War
William Wister McKean (19 September 1800 – 22 April 1865) was an admiral in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was noted for his service in the Union blockade that effectively closed Confederate seaports in the Gulf of Mexico.
William Wister McKean was appointed midshipman on 30 November 1814. He served in the Navy from the War of 1812 to the Civil War, when he rose to the rank of flag officer in command of the Gulf Blockading Squadron and later the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. McKean was relieved from active duty on 4 June 1862.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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