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Guide to the Caspar F. Goodrich Collection
1862-1933
  MS 439.21

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Biographical Note

1847 Caspar Frederick Goodrich born Philadelphia, January 7
1861-1864 Attends US Naval Academy, graduating first in his class
1864-1865 Assigned to New York Navy Yard
1865-1868 With European squadron aboard Colorado and  Frolic
1868 Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
1868-1871 Aboard Portsmouth, South Atlantic Squadron
1871-1874 At US Naval Academy; teaches physics and chemistry in 1871. Helps to found U.S. Naval Institute
1876 Daughter Eleanor born
1881 Son Caspar born, Florence, Italy
1881-1884 Aboard Lancaster, flagship for European Squadron
1882-1885 Inspector of ordnance, Washington Navy Yard
1883 Publishes "Report of the British naval and military operations in Egypt, 1882"
1886-1890 Officer in charge, Torpedo Station, Newport, RI
1889 Serves as President, Naval War College, Portsmouth, RI
1891 Torpedo Board formed to research uses of torpedoes in naval operations
1891-1896 Commands sail training ships Jamestown and  Constellation, and gunboat   Concord
1897 Promoted to captain
1897-1898 Serves as President, Naval War College, Portsmouth, RI
1898 Originates Coastal Signal Service (designed to warn shoreline populace of an impending coastal attack by foreign ships) and serves as its Director
1898 Commands St. Louis and   Newark during the Spanish-American War, receiving the surrender of Manzanillo, Cuba, 12 August
1899-1900 Commands Iowa in Pacific Squadron
1900 Publishes "The naval side of the revolutionary war"
1900-1901 Lecturer, Naval War College, Portsmouth, RI
1901-1904 Commandant, Philadelphia Navy Yard
1904 Promoted to rear admiral
1904-1906 Named commander in chief, Pacific Fleet
1904-1909 Serves as President, U.S. Naval Institute
1907 Lieutenant Caspar Goodrich killed aboard USS Georgia, 15 July
1907-1909 Commandant, New York Navy Yard
1909 Retires from active duty
1914-1916 President, Naval History Society
1918 Recalled to active duty as Commander, Naval Training Unit, Princeton Graduate College
1918-1919: Officer in charge of Pay Officers Material School, Princeton Graduate College
1924 Writes memoir "Rope yarns from the old navy"
1925 Dies, Princeton, New Jersey
1931 Naval History Society publishes "Rope yarns from the old navy," edited by James Barnes, as eleventh volume of its publications
1933 Mrs. Goodrich donates the manuscript of "Rope yarns" to the Naval History Society
1936 Eleanor Goodrich (Mrs. C.T Davis) donates Goodrich collection to the Naval History Society