6 October 1884 — Newport, Rhode Island
On 6 October 1884 the Naval War College was created via the navy’s General Order 325. Stephen Luce, the driving force behind the creation of the college was named as its first president in that same general order. The college was initially housed in the old Newport Asylum for the Poor building on Coasters Harbor Island in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. Luce served as president of the War College from 1884 to 1886.