Charles Stillman Sperry

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Charles Stillman Sperry
Admiral Charles Stillman Sperry.jpg
Charles Stillman Sperry in February 1909
Born(1847-09-03)September 3, 1847
Brooklyn, New York
DiedFebruary 1, 1911(1911-02-01) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1866–1909
RankRear Admiral

Rear Admiral Charles Stillman Sperry (3 September 1847 – 1 February 1911) was an officer in the United States Navy.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sperry graduated from the Naval Academy in 1866. In November 1898 he became commanding officer of Yorktown, and later served as senior officer of the Southern Squadron on the Asiatic Station and as President of the Naval War College. As a rear admiral, he served in the United States delegation to the Geneva Convention and the Second Hague Conference, and as Commander in Chief, Battle Fleet, he led the Great White Fleet during the major portion of its historic cruise around the world in 1907 and 1908.

Sperry retired 3 September 1909, but subsequently was recalled to active duty for special service. He died 1 February 1911 in Washington, D.C.

The destroyer USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697) was named for him.


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Military offices
Preceded by
French Ensor Chadwick
President of the Naval War College
Succeeded by
John Porter Merrell
Preceded by
Charles M. Thomas
Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Succeeded by
Seaton Schroeder