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During his 48-year naval career, Luce founded the Naval War College and was its first president.

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Other Service 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral 2
Birth:
25 Mar 1827 3
Albany, New York 4
Death:
28 Jul 1917 4
Newport, Rhode Island 4
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Full Name:
Stephen Bleecker Luce 3
Full Name:
Stephen B Luce 1
Birth:
25 Mar 1827 3
Albany, New York 3
Death:
28 Jul 1917 3
Newport, Rhode Island 3
Burial:
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 3
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Birth:
Mother: Charlotte Bleecker 4
Father: Vinal Luce 4
Marriage:
Elizabeth Henley 3
1854 3
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Other Service 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral 2
Service Start Date:
1841 2
Service End Date:
1889 3
Enlistment Date:
1841 1

Civil War (Union) 3

Branch:
Navy 3
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander 3
Commands:
USS Nantucket; USS Sonoma (1862), USS Canandaigua (1862) and USS Pontiac (1864) 3
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Employment:
Employer: Naval War College 3
Position: President 3
Place: Newport, Rhode Island 3
Start Date: 1884 3
End Date: 1886 3
Education:
Institution: US Naval Academy 3
Place: Annapolis, Maryland 3
To: 1848 3

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Naval War College

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.

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