United States Navy Admiral. He is best remembered for being the Captain of the USS Maine when it exploded in Havana Harbor on the evening of February 12, 1898, an act which triggered the Spanish-American War. The ship was totally destroyed and a total of 260 officers and men were killed. He was also well-known throughout the Navy as the officer who commanded the ship (USS Brooklyn) which returned the remains of John Paul Jones from their burial place in France to their present location at the US Navy Academy. He retired from the Navy in 1907. He was the author of a number of naval text books.