Frederick V. McNair Sr.
|Frederick Vallette McNair|
13 January 1839|
28 November 1900 (aged 61)|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1857 - 1900|
Superintendent of the Naval Observatory (1890-1892)|
Commander of the Asiatic Station (1895-1897)
superintendent of the United States Naval Academy (1898-1900)
McNair, born 13 January 1839 at Abington, Pennsylvania, was appointed midshipman 21 December 1853, graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1857. He served on the Atlantic blockade stations and Mississippi River patrols during the American Civil War, rising to the rank of rear admiral in July 1898. Rear Admiral McNair died at Washington, D.C., 28 November 1900, while awaiting orders.
R.Adm. McNair was the father of Captain Frederick V. McNair Jr. (1882–1962), who was awarded the Medal of Honor, "For distinguished conduct in battle engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914." Rear Admiral McNair's great-grandson, Frederick V. McNair, IV, is a former professional tennis player who reached the world no. 1 doubles ranking in 1976.
Charles C. Carpenter
| Commander, Asiatic Squadron
21 December 1895–3 January 1898
Philip H. Cooper
| Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
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