Benson, William Shepherd
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Benson, William Shepherd

(September 25, 1855, Bibb County GA – May 20, 1932, Washington DC), American admiral. Benson graduated from the Naval Academy 1877 and in 1888–1889 sailed around the world on the warship Dolphin. From 1890 to 1893 and 1896 to 1898 he taught at the Naval Academy, from 1910 to 1913 he commanded the battle ship Utah, and from 1913 to 1915 he was in command of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. On May 10, 1915, he was called to Washington as the new Chief of Naval Operations. In early 1917 Benson conducted a reorganization of the fle…

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Herwig, Holger H., “Benson, William Shepherd”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0066>
First published online: 2015



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