George F. Emmons

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George Foster Emmons
Born (1811-08-23)August 23, 1811
Clarendon, Vermont
Died July 23, 1884(1884-07-23) (aged 72)
Princeton, New Jersey
Place of burial Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1828–1873
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Ossipee
Battles/wars Mexican–American War
American Civil War

George Foster Emmons (August 23, 1811 – July 23, 1884) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy, who served in the early to mid 19th century.


He was born in Clarendon, Vermont on August 23, 1811. Emmons began his distinguished career as a midshipman on April 1, 1828.

As a lieutenant aboard the Peacock he participated in the Wilkes Exploring Expedition of 1838 to 1842, which discovered the Antarctic Continent, and throughout the South Seas.[1]

He was assigned command of the expedition's overland party conducting surveys and exploration from Puget Sound south to San Francisco. He served with great honor in the Mexican and Civil Wars. As commander of the Ossipee from 1867 to 1868, he carried to Alaska the commissioners who took formal possession for the United States. He became commodore in 1868, chief of the Hydrographic Office in 1870, and rear admiral in 1872. As a Rear Admiral, he commanded the Philadelphia Navy Yard until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Emmons died in Princeton, New Jersey on July 23, 1884 at the age of 82. He is buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.


In 1941, the Gleaves-class destroyer USS Emmons (DD-457) was named in his honor.

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  1. ^ Stanton, William (1975). The Great United States Exploring Expedition. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 159. ISBN 0520025571.