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Thomas C. HART

American Thomas C. HART

born Thomas Charles HART

Admiral of the United States Navy

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Born: on June 12, 1877 in Davison, Michigan, USA
Died: on July 04, 1971 in Sharon, Connecticut, USA


Hart was born in Genesee County, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1897 and served his initial tours of sea duty in the battleship Massachusetts and in the steam yacht Vixen, during the Spanish-American War.

In the years preceding World War I, Hart filled a variety of sea and shore duty billets: as a junior officer in battleships, torpedo boats, and submarines; as an instructor at the Naval Academy; as aide to an Assistant Secretary of the Navy; and as commander of the Pacific Torpedo Flotilla. By the spring of 1917, Hart was commanding the cruiser Chicago and Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, while also acting as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet.

At noon on Wednesday, 30 March 1910, at N Street, Annapolis, Maryland, in the home of Rear Admiral and Mrs. Willard H. Brownson, (Superintendent U.S. Naval Academy, 1902–1905) and in the presence of a small company of naval officers and friends Lieutenant Commander Thomas Charles Hart, USN, was married to Ms. Caroline Brownson, daughter of Rear Admiral and Mrs. Brownson. The wedding ceremony was conducted by Chaplain Clarke, USN, of the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. The bride was attended by her sister Mrs. C. L. Hussey (matron of honor), Ms. Edith Cutler of Brookline, Massachusetts, and Ms. Cecile Gifford of Jamestown, New York. One of the bride's maids was Ms. Harriet Sutherland of Washington D.C. - daughter of Senator George Sutherland (Republican - Utah). Best man was Lieutenant Commander Leigh C. Palmer, USN (White House naval aide), and other groom's men were Lieutenant Commanders R. K. Crank, L. M. Overstreet, and Lieutenant H. W. Osterhaus. Following the ceremony, Lieutenant Commander and Mrs. W. H. Hart took a house in Brookline, Massachusetts. Their home was close to the Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, where LCDR Hart was assigned inspecting the building of the new Delaware-class battleship North Dakota in which he was assigned to prior to its commissioning (Monday, 11 April 1910). They spent their honeymoon at the newly rebuilt luxury resort "The Homestead", in Hot Springs, Bath County, Virginia.

His daughter, Harriet Taft Hart, was the wife of Francis B. Sayre, Jr., who was the son of President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre.

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