Mark Lambert Bristol

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Mark Lambert Bristol
Mark Lambert Bristol.jpg
Born (1868-04-17)April 17, 1868
Glassboro, New Jersey
Died May 13, 1939(1939-05-13) (aged 71)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1887–1932
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Battle of Santiago de Cuba
World War I
Turkish War of Independence
Awards Distinguished Service Medal

Mark Lambert Bristol (April 17, 1868 – May 13, 1939) was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.


He was born on April 17, 1868, in Glassboro, New Jersey. Bristol graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1887. During the Spanish–American War, he served aboard the battleship USS Texas and participated in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba. From 1901 to 1903, he served as aide to the Commander-in-Chief North Atlantic Fleet. He commanded the battleship USS Oklahoma during World War I.

He served as the United States' High Commissioner in Turkey (1919–1927). His correspondence and other documents he gathered are often cited during discussions on numerous events of that era, including Turkish-Armenian relations, where he played a significant and controversial role in his opposition to Armenian aspirations and American involvement in assuming a mandate in Armenia,[1] and the 1922 burning of Smyrna. During that time he protested against the Turkish officials of Samsun due to the massive deportations of Samsun region Greek community, part of the ongoing Greek genocide perpetrated by the Turkish nationalist authorities.[2]

In 1927, Rear Admiral Bristol assumed command of the Asiatic Fleet. He helped found the American Hospital in Nişantaşı, İstanbul in 1920, as well as the annexed nursing school which is named after him to this day (Admiral Bristol Nursing School).

Bristol served as chairman of the General Board of the United States Navy from 1930 until 1932. He died on May 13, 1939.[3] After his death, in 1945 he was honored with American Hospital in Turkey, Therefore, the name of the hospital changed to Admiral Bristol American Hospital.


Two ships have been named USS Bristol in his honor.[4]


  1. ^ Hovannisian, Richard G., The Republic of Armenia: The First Year, 1918–1919. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971, p. 298, note 23.
  2. ^ Shenk, Robert (2017). America's Black Sea Fleet: The U.S. Navy Amidst War and Revolution, 1919 1923. Naval Institute Press. p. 95. ISBN 9781612513027. 
  3. ^ "Admiral Bristol Is Dead In Capital. Earned Distinction in High Positions at Sea and Ashore and in Diplomacy. Commissioner To Turkey. Commended by Hughes for His Work There. Had Headed the Asiatic Fleet". New York Times. May 14, 1939. Retrieved 2010-12-03. Rear Admiral Mark L. Bristol, who retired in 1932 after forty-nine years in the Navy, died in the Naval Hospital here today at the age of 71. He entered the hospital on Monday after having undergone an operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital three weeks ago. ... 
  4. ^ "Two Destroyers are Launched". Associated Press. July 25, 1941. Retrieved 2010-12-03. The destroyer was named in honor of the late Bear Mark Lambert Bristol who served In the Spanish-American War and the World War after which he was ... 


  • Buzanski, Peter Michael (1960). Admiral Mark L. Bristol and Turkish-American relations, 1919-1922. University of California Press. 
  • Lowry, Heath W. (1984). "American Observers in Anatolia ca. 1920: The Bristol Papers". Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey (1912–1926). Istanbul: Tasvir Press. pp. 42–58. 
  • Lowry, Heath W. (1985). "Richard G. Hovannisian on Lieutenant Robert Steed Dunn" (PDF). The Journal of Ottoman Studies (V): 209–252. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-27. 
  • Lowry, Heath W. (1989). "Turkish History: On Whose Sources Will it Be Based? A Case Study on the Burning of Izmir" (PDF). The Journal of Ottoman Studies (IX): 1–29. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-27. 
  • Turan, Ömer (2007). "Admiral Bristol and the Anti-Turkish Propaganda in the United States within the context of Turkish–Armenian Relations (1919–1922)". International Military Review (87): 177–193. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Clarence S. Williams
Commander-in-Chief, United States Asiatic Fleet
9 September 1927 – 9 September 1929
Succeeded by
Charles B. McVay, Jr.