Commodore George Dewey during the Spanish-American war. He returned to America to a hero's welcome, and by act of Congress was promoted to the special rank of Admiral of the Navy in 1903 with his date of rank retroactive to 1899.
Dewey - c1890 - "GEORGE DEWEY'S FIRST CRUISE" - Chromolithograph
USS Olympia (C-6). The oldest steel-hulled American warship afloat, Olympia served as Commodore George Dewey's flagship during the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898. - See more at: http://informationdose.blogspot.com/2014/01/uss-olympia.html#sthash.qhFGGFjf.dpuf
George Dewey - born in Montpelier, VT December 26, 1837
Rear Admiral George Dewey and his dog, Bob, aboard the cruiser Olympia, circa 1898. Photograph from the Littlejohn collection at J. Welles Henderson Archives & Library, Independence Seaport Museum. http://www.phillyseaport.org/Museum_Library.shtml
Admiral George Dewey (1837-1917). Admiral of the Navy. The only person in U.S. history to have attained the rank. He is best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.
John holland autograph signed admiral george dewey ny military parade letter