Joseph Lee Jayne

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Joseph Lee Jayne
Joseph Lee Jayne
Born (1863-05-30)May 30, 1863
Brandon, Mississippi
Died November 24, 1928(1928-11-24) (aged 65)
Denver, Colorado
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held
Awards Navy Cross

Joseph Lee Jayne (May 30, 1863 – November 24, 1928[1]) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy, and a veteran of the Spanish–American War and World War I.


Jayne was born in Brandon, Mississippi, the son of William McAfee Jayne and Julia Frances Kennon.[1] He entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in June 1878 as a cadet midshipman,[2] and graduated in 1882.[3]

He was promoted to ensign on 1 July 1884.[2] He served in the Bureau of Equipment in Washington, D.C. as Assistant to the Inspector of Electric Lighting in 1893.[4] He was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) on 10 July 1894, and to lieutenant on 17 December 1897.[2] He married Elizabeth Tilton Eastman on 3 December 1894.[1]

During the Spanish–American War, Jayne commissioned and commanded the torpedo boat USS Rodgers in the naval blockade of Cuba.[5]

Jayne was the Acting-Commandant of United States Naval Station Tutuila, and Military Governor of American Samoa, in October and November 1901.

From 16 October 1911 until 11 February 1914 he was the Superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory, serving with the rank of captain.

In December 1917 Jayne was promoted to rear admiral,[6] and after the end of World War I, for his service as Commander of Division 3, Battleship Force 1, Atlantic Fleet, he was awarded the Navy Cross.[3]

Rear Admiral Jayne died of apoplexy on 24 November 1928 at Newport, Rhode Island, at the age of 65.[7]



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  3. ^ a b "Military Times Hall of Valor : Awards for Joseph Lee Jayne". Military Times. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "United States Government, 1893". Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "USS Rodgers". Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Daniels Promotes 186 Naval Officers; List Includes 12 New Rear Admirals". The New York Times. December 25, 1917. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Rear Admiral Jayne Dies in Newport". The New York Times. 26 November 1928. Retrieved 20 August 2010.