Colby Mitchell Chester

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Rear Admiral Colby Mitchell Chester, (29 February, 1844 – 4 May, 1932), was an officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War and the First World War, a unique distinction for an officer on active service.

Life & Career

Chester was born in Connecticut on 29 February, 1844 and joined entered the U.S. Navy on 31 October, 1859.[1]

Chester was promoted to the rank of Captain on 12 June, 1896.[2]

He was appointed as Chief Inspector of the new battleship U.S.S. Kentucky on 23 February, 1899.[3] When she was ready to enter service, he would become her first captain.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Theodore F. Kane
Captain of U.S.S. Galena
31 Oct, 1885[4]
Succeeded by
George W. Sumner
Preceded by
Henry Glass
Commandant of Cadets, Naval Academy
1891 – 1895
Succeeded by
Willard H. Brownson
as Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy
Preceded by
Yates Stirling
Captain of U.S.S. Newark
1 Dec, 1896[5]
Succeeded by
Albert S. Barker
Preceded by
Mortimer L. Johnson
Captain of U.S.S. Cincinnati
Succeeded by
Newton E. Mason
Preceded by
Yates Stirling
Commanding South Atlantic Squadron
Succeeded by
Henry L. Howison
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of U.S.S. Kentucky
1900 – Mar, 1901[8]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Stockton
Preceded by
Charles H. Davis, Jr.
Superintendent, Naval Observatory
1 Nov, 1902[9] – 28 Feb, 1906[10][Inference]
Succeeded by
Asa Walker


  1. Register of Officers, 1903. pp. 8-9.
  2. Register of Officers, 1903. pp. 8-9.
  3. Register of Officers, 1900. p. 8.
  4. Register of Officers, 1887. p. 8.
  5. Register of Officers, 1897. p. 6.
  6. Register of Officers, 1898. p. 113.
  7. Register of Officers, 1898. p. 113.
  8. Register of Officers, 1903. p. 8.
  9. Register of Officers, 1904. p. 6.
  10. Register of Officers, 1906. p. 6.