Arthur A. Ageton

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Arthur Ainslie Ageton (October 25, 1900 – April 23, 1971) was a naval officer, ambassador, writer, and writing teacher. He was the United States Ambassador to Paraguay from September 9, 1954 to April 10, 1957. He was also a rear admiral in the Navy for several years.[1]

He wrote or cowrote several books including The Naval Officers guide, Admiral Ambassador to Russia, Manual of Celestial Navigation, and The Marine Officer's Guide.[2]

He was born in Fromberg, Montana[citation needed] and raised in Pullman, Washington, and he died in Bethesda, Maryland.[1] He is survived by his children Arthur Ainslie Ageton Jr. and Mary Jo Ageton.


After receiving his high school diploma Ageton went to Washington State College for one year from 1918 to 1919. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1923 and earned a post-graduate certificate in 1931.[1] He earned a master's degree in Modern Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 1953.[1]

Navy history[edit]

He served as executive officer aboard the battleship USS Washington, Promoted to Captain, commanded LST Flotilla 3 in the Southwest Pacific, and received the Bronze Star for bravery at the battle of Leyte Gulf.

He wrote The Naval Officer's Guide (1943), six editions in all, and other manuals. He retired as a Rear Admiral on December 1, 1947.[1]

Work history[edit]

Ageton worked for the government for nearly half of his life before changing careers.

Eventually he taught creative writing at George Washington University.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Arthur Ageton Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. June 2001; retrieved June 29, 2013 (with biographical sketch).
  2. ^ Arthur Ainsley Ageton Books (Used, New, Out-of-Print) - Alibris

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