James Kelsey Cogswell

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James Kelsey Cogswell
Born (1847-09-27)September 27, 1847
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died August 12, 1908(1908-08-12) (aged 60)
Jacksonville, Florida
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1868–1908
Rank Rear Admiral
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Relations Captain Francis Cogswell (son)

James Kelsey Cogswell (September 27, 1847 – August 12, 1908) was an admiral in the United States Navy who served in Spanish–American War.

Early life[edit]

Cogswell was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 27, 1847, the son of George Cogswell and Celestia A. Stone.

Naval career[edit]

He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1868.

Cogswell was executive officer of the battleship Oregon during the Spanish–American War. He was aboard the Oregon during the historic dash around Cape Horn to join the North Atlantic Squadron in time to contribute to the destruction of the Spanish Fleet at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba in 1898. For eminent and conspicuous conduct in that decisive battle he was promoted to Commander.

Rear Admiral Cogswell died at South Jacksonville, Florida, on August 12, 1908.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Cogswell's son Captain Francis Cogswell was also a US Navy officer. Cogswell's sister Bianca Cogswell was married to Senator John L. Mitchell, the father of General Billy Mitchell.

USS Cogswell[edit]

The USS Cogswell (DD-651) was a Fletcher-class destroyer in the United States Navy, serving in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The ship is named in honour of Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell, and his son, Captain Francis Cogswell.


  1. ^ "Rear Admiral J. K. Cogswell". The New York Times. 1908-08-13. Retrieved 2010-10-25.