Theodore Frelinghuysen Jewell

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Theodore Frelinghuysen Jewell
Theodore Frelinghuysen Jewell.jpg
Jewell circa 1904
Born(1844-08-05)August 5, 1844
Washington, D.C., US
DiedJuly 26, 1932(1932-07-26) (aged 87)
Washington, D.C., US
Place of burial
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1861–1904
RankUSN Rear Admiral rank insignia.jpg Rear admiral
Commands heldUSS Essex
USS Marblehead
USS Minneapolis
USS Columbia
USS Brooklyn
USS Olympia
SignatureSignature of Theodore Frelinghuysen Jewell (1844–1932).png

Theodore Frelinghuysen Jewell (August 5, 1844 – July 26, 1932) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Jewell was appointed an acting midshipman on November 29, 1861, when he entered the United States Naval Academy. His class of 1865 graduated early on November 22, 1864. He served on the USS Colorado, at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., and at the U.S. Naval Academy. During the Civil War while still at the Naval Academy, in the summer of 1863 when the nation's capital was threatened by General Robert E. Lee's forces, he was in command of a fleet of howitzers at the US Naval Yard for the defense of Washington, D.C.

Jewell was involved in peacekeeping activities from the Tuscarora in Seoul, Korea, Panama in 1872, and Hawaii in 1874, during the election of King Kalākaua, to negotiate the duty-free exportation of sugar to the United States. A riot occurred on election day and marines and sailors from the Tuscarora and the USS Portsmouth landed to restore order.[2][3]

In 1879 he was executive officer of the frigate Constitution. From January 1893 to February 1896 he was superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory at the Washington Navy Yard.

Jewell served with Admiral Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay and later commanded the European squadron of the American Fleet in March 1904 when he was made a rear admiral. He retired in November 1904.

Dates of rank[edit]

Person life[edit]

He was the son of Thomas and Eleanor (Spencer) Jewell, born in Washington, D.C., on August 5, 1844. On June 15, 1871, he married Elizabeth Lindsay Poor, daughter of rear admiral Charles Henry Poor. They had one son Commander Charles T. Jewell (1872–1929).

Admiral Jewell died July 26, 1932, at his residence in Washington, D.C. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[4]

Captain Theodore Jewell House in Washington, D.C.



  1. ^ Special to the New York Times (July 28, 1932). "Admiral Jewell Dies in Washington". The New York Times. No. 17.
  2. ^ "Hawaii - February 1874".
  3. ^ "Hawaii Liberty Chronicles :: Hawaii politics Revolution :: From Hawaiian Historical Records: The Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii Began in 1874". Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jewell, Theodore F". ANC Explorer. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  • T.F. Jewell, "The United States Naval Gun Factory", Harpers Monthly, Vol 89, Issue 530, July 1894, pp. 251–261.
  • The Morgan Report, the US Senate investigation into the events surrounding the Hawaiian Revolution of 1893.

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