William Wirt Kimball

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William Wirt Kimball
RADM William Wirt Kimball.JPG
Born (1848-01-09)January 9, 1848
Paris, Maine
Died January 26, 1930(1930-01-26) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1869–1910
Rank Rear Admiral
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Kimball at top left and with other officers on U.S. Navy ship to Nicaragua in this newspaper compilation, 1909

William Wirt Kimball (January 9, 1848 – January 26, 1930) was a U.S. naval officer and an early pioneer in the development of submarines.


Kimball was born in Paris, Maine. In 1869 he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

After serving on early navy torpedo boats, Kimball designed machine guns and armored cars, and switched to the development of submarines in the 1890s.

He commanded the Atlantic torpedo-boat fleet in the Spanish–American War.

In May 1906, he served as the first commander of the battleship New Jersey. In 1908, Kimball became rear admiral, and commanded expeditionary forces to Nicaragua in 1909. In 1910, he retired from active duty.

He died in Washington, D.C. on January 26, 1930, at the age of 82.


  • "Biographies". Submarine Pioneers. Submarine Warfare Division, United States Navy. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 

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