William Henry Hudson Southerland

William Henry Hudson Southerland

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William Henry Hudson Southerland (10 July 1852–30 January 1933) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. He commanded several ships in Cuban waters during the Spanish-American War, and later served as Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet.

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Born in New York City, Southerland first joined the Union Navy as a volunteer towards the end of the Civil War, serving for only a brief time. He re-enlisted in early 1867 as a naval apprentice, finally entering the United States Naval Academy in June 1868. After graduating in June 1872 he served aboard the sloop . After a year at sea, he was commissioned as an ensign.

Over the next 37 years, he served in varied positions at sea and ashore, including duty with the Hydrographic Office, the Bureau of Equipment, and the Board of Inspection and Survey. During the Spanish–American War, he commanded the gunboat in the blockade of Cuban ports; and, in 1905, he returned to the Caribbean to command and to act as Senior Officer, Naval Forces in Santo Domingo. he commanded the battleship of the Great White Fleet in 1907-09.

Appointed rear admiral on 4 May 1910, he served as President of the Board of Inspection and Survey for Shore Stations until becoming Commander, 2d Division, Pacific Fleet in March...
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